What Is Mental Health?

Mental health is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It is how we think, feel, and act which determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems such as depression and anxiety common, unlike rare problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.

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