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Mental Health


What Is Mental Health?

"Mental health, like physical health, may be viewed as existing on a continuum from healthy living to chronic illness. In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General defined mental health as “the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and to cope with adversity” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001).

A person with positive mental health uses interpersonal assets and skills to function successfully in his or her daily life. Mental health problems emerge when these assets and skills begin to deteriorate, resulting in a struggle to cope with life’s challenges and responsibilities. The continued deterioration of these skills signals the onset of mental illness as significant distortions to thinking, coping, and responding dominate personal functioning and impair a person’s ability to perform the activities of daily life. All people fall somewhere on this continuum on any given day."

from Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Students by Anastasia K. Skalski and Marta J. Smith

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