Positive Mental Health
The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of wellbeing in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
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Why is Mental Health a Priority for HSC?
Mental illnesses are real and treatable health conditions that affect people of all walks of life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 1 in 4 adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Additionally, mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States. This can have an overwhelming toll on affected individuals and their families. Mental health and physical health are closely linked and affects one’s ability to maintain good overall health. Conditions like depression and anxiety impact people’s ability to participate in health-promoting behaviors.