Understanding Mental Health

Published by Mercy C. Kosonei on

What is Mental Health? 

Let first consider what health is, WHO constitution states that “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. So, we understand that health is not only about the physical aspects of the body, but it’s also about mental and social aspects of life.

Great, so what is mental health? I know you may be very unfamiliar with this term or you have just heard people talking about it or you may be wondering, what this dragon is all about. Don’t worry, I’ll be teaching you in my free courses with a lay man’s language to understand everything about mental health. Here we go! 

Mental health is all about how you think, feel, and behave in other words what we call psychological, emotional, and social well-being.  According to WHO it is the “state of well-being in which an 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”

Now, having known that, the opposite is true about mental illness, it is basically the conditions which affects a person’s thoughts, feelings and moods or behavior. They may be occasional or long-lasting conditions and they affect the way a person relates to other people and how they function in their normal day to day life. 


We have defined mental health and mental illness and I hope we are together up to that point. The next thing I want you to know is the importance of Mental health. Why should you be aware of your mental health condition? Consider this fact, it is estimated that 1 in every 5 people in a population experience mental illness each year. So, on a scale of 1-10, what the probability that you have experienced mental illness? How did you take it? You probably thought you have a lot of stress, you felt like you are not able to do anything, you wanted to be alone, nothing was making any sense, you forgot where you placed your keys or whether you locked the door before you slept and the list can go on and on and on. 

Now you see, every one of us is at risk of developing mental illness and actually many have chosen to live with it, what we call, coping with the triggers. Your productivity and functionality depend on the condition of your mental health which of course as I mentioned earlier is influenced by how you think, how you feel, and how you behave depending on the conditions you are facing or going through. Therefore, unless you learn to understand and manage those conditions, you may soon be overwhelmed l if the level increases to meet the diagnostic criteria of mental illness.

Thank you for reading through and I hope you found this information helpful. In our next lesson we will go through the different types of mental illness and we will be able to understand the cause of each type and the preventive measures we need to take. So, watch out and keep following this page. Make sure to leave your comment, a question or simply like this page.

Categories: Mental Health


Micah Mukuria · July 14, 2020 at 7:28 pm

Thank you for your Paramount advice

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