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World Health Organisation, 2014

Mental health is defined 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.

Health Education Authority. Mental Health Promotion: A quality framework. London: Health Education Authority, 1997

The emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and service pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of wellbeing and an underlying belief in our own and others dignity and worth.

Friedli L. Mental health improvement ‘concepts and definitions’. Briefing paper for the National Advisory Group Edinburgh: Scottish Executive 2004

Mental health influences how we think and feel about ourselves and others and how we interpret events. It affects our capacity to learn, to communicate, and to form, sustain and end relationships. It also influences our ability to cope with change, transition and life events: having a baby, moving house, experiencing bereavement.


 Oxford English Dictionary

The state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.

Feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health of an individual, enabling them to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve what they want out of life. Past experiences, attitudes and outlook can all impact wellbeing as can physical or emotional trauma following specific incidents.


The mental health continuum is a way of looking at how our mental health is fluid over time

VIDEO: The Mental Health Continuum
Video Length: 4 mins 51
Source: YouTube