The World Health Organization defines mental health as: A state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. defines mental health as our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. Mental health is the ability to function effectively in daily activities, resulting in productivity at work and school, experiencing fulfilling relationships, and developing resilience to change and adversity.

A mental illness is a disease causing mild to significant disturbances in thinking, behavior, and/or emotion resulting in an inability to cope with ordinary life challenges and routines. Some of the more common disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorder.  Mental illnesses are often physical as well emotional and psychological. They may be caused by reaction to environmental stresses, genetic factors, biochemical imbalances, or a
combination on these.

CommonTRIGGERS for mental health challenges:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Divorce or separation
  • Any major transition such as a new home, new school, new job, etc.
  • Traumatic life experiences can include… rape, abuse, war, car accident, death of a loved one
  • Teasing or bullying
  • Positive events that have an adverse reaction or a negative impact

When sudden changes in thoughts and behavior occur at the same time, it may indicate a problem that should be addressed.


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