What is Mental Health?

Mental health does not mean mental illness.

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 (World Health Organization).

Mental illnesses are disorders of brain function. They have many causes and result from complex interactions between a person’s genes and their environment. Having a mental illness is not a choice or moral failing. Mental illnesses occur at similar rates around the world, in every culture and in all socio economic groups.

The statistics are staggering. 1 in 5 people suffer from a mental illness, that’s 20 percent of our population but yet only a small percentage of the total health care budget is spent on our mental health.


 

Where can I learn more?

Knowledge is empowerment. Check out these great websites.

Mental Health Literacy: www.teenmentalhealth.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org

Muslim Wellness Foundation: www.muslimwellness.com

Psychology Today (to find a counselor): https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists