Learning Team 20:4 - Summer 2017

April 21, 2017
Defining “mental illness” and “mental health ­problems”

Defining “mental illness” and “mental health ­problems”

Did you know that a person with a mental illness can be without a mental health problem? Or that those with a mental health problem don’t necessarily have a mental illness? These can be seen as two separate concepts.

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Is it mental illness or a mental health problem?

With young people, and teenagers especially, it may be hard to determine if what they are experiencing is a mental illness or if they are facing a mental health problem.

Mental health problems

Some areas of life that can bring on mental health problems

Defining “mental health”

Good mental health is not the absence of mental illness. Rather, it can be seen as a state of well-being that allows one to flourish and fully enjoy life.

Symptoms of mental illness

Changes in thinking, mood or behaviour that are ­troubling, last longer than two weeks, or are interfering with everyday life should prompt an evaluation by a doctor or other mental health professional.

Hat campaign raises mental health awareness in schools

Various awareness efforts set to roll during Mental Health Week

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