Mental health is sometimes known as emotional health.
The Mental Health Foundation says that good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil several key functions and activities, including:
- the ability to learn
- the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
- the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
- the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty.
Factors that can contribute to poor mental health include:
- A mental health condition, such as depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it’s important to look after it. Having poor mental health can affect your physical health – and vice versa. Your mental health can also change over time.
More people are finding it difficult to maintain good mental health in the face of COVID-19 because of loneliness, a change in routine and being unable to do things that bring us joy, and the fear of becoming unwell. Find out how you can maintain good mental health during COVID-19.