What is positive mental health?

Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. Positive mental health is a state of well-being that allows us to enjoy our lives and can help children and youth weather the normal ups and downs of life. Positive mental health includes a variety of components of well-being, including:

  • Positive emotions

  • Life satisfaction

  • Sense of purpose in life

  • Positive psychological coping and adaptation

  • Social and emotion competencies

  • Positive relationships and attitudes

Good mental health is also not static — it changes over time depending on what is happening in our lives. That is why, just like our physical health, we must work at it.

Jeff Hollyoake