Mental health is one of the essential components of your health. It is a state of well-being for an individual when the person knows his or her abilities and is able to cope with the normal stresses of life and work productively to contribute to his/her community. Just as physical fitness helps our bodies to stay strong, mental wellness helps us to achieve and sustain a state of good mental health. When we are mentally healthy, we enjoy our life and environment and the people in it. We can be creative, learn and try new things, and take risks. In a state of mental wellness, we are better able to cope with difficult times in our personal and professional lives.
Mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness
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