Key Definitions in the Mental Health Field

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Mental Health – includes the ability to be engaged, productive and ‘present’ in one’s life and to cope successfully with the inevitable changes that arise. It recognizes the range of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are part of being human, some of which can be quite distressing, but includes an ability to manage these effectively.

Mental Distress – Mental distress is when a person typically experiences high stress and unpleasant emotions.

Mental Illness – This term includes a wide range of conditions that affect how people think, feel and behave. These may be transient or chronic. Formal diagnosis comes from a health professional.

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Written by: Bob Acton, Ph.D., R.Psych., (1) LPI; Merv Gilbert, Ph.D., (2) & Jessica Figley, BA, BSW, RSW (3)

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3 thoughts on “Key Definitions in the Mental Health Field”

  1. Thanks for providing definitions for all three. This is much better and very clearly stated compared to having to spend considerable time digging for the information on mental champion and government websites.

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    • Once we are crystal clear on what is mental health/what is mental illness, the stigma disappears. WHY? The fear, uncertainty, uneasiness, uncomfortableness is removed and replaced with Kindness & Understanding.

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  2. I’d like to expand on my point noted above. Once we are crystal clear on what is mental health/what is mental illness, the stigma disappears. WHY? The fear, uncertainty, uneasiness, uncomfortableness is removed and replaced with Kindness & Understanding. And even more importantly, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US BEGINS TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH; WE ALL LIVE WITH MENTAL HEALTH!! MENTAL MENTAL HEALTH DOES APPLY TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US IN OUR DAILY LIVES.

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