Talking About the Things You Think You Can’t Talk About

Talking About the Things You Think You Can’t Talk About
30 October 2017
The term ‘mental health’ is regularly misunderstood, while the associated term ‘mental illness’ often leaves people confused or uncertain. Let’s take a look at the real definition of mental health.

Mental health doesn’t mean happiness
Mental health is a diverse and multi-faceted aspect of your wellbeing, and it’s directly affected by, and has a direct effect on, your physical health too. Contrary to popular understanding, mental health doesn’t mean happiness. Instead, it’s the complete circle of psychological and emotional well-being. Being of good mental health doesn’t just mean that you are happy, all the time, too. Being able to experience all of life’s emotions forms part of mental health, and the World Health Organisation 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.”

Mental illness or disorders don’t mean you are crazy
Mental illness and disorders, on the other hand, do not ruin your mental health. Being diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder does not mean you are mentally ‘unhealthy’. In fact, managing mental illness and disorders, through therapy, medication, or other treatments, is most often viewed as part of managing mental health.  Many mental illnesses can be linked to trauma, chemical imbalances, and many other variables, over which you may have had no control during your life. Being diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder is not your fault, but it is something you should feel comfortable talking about. Just as you take cold and flu medication when you are unwell, taking prescribed medication to treat a mental illness is the same. If you don’t feel comfortable talking about your experiences or specific needs with someone in your life, there are many organisations that can help.

Get help here
If you would like advice, feel you need counselling, or just need someone to talk to, contact:

LifeDoc Can Help
Now available for download as a mobile application, LifeDoc™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, making it easier to keep track of appointments and schedule those important check-ups, while securely storing your personal medical history. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.