According to the World Health Organization, mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders. It is an integral part of health and there is no health without mental health. Mental health is a 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 is able to contribute to his or her community. The term well-being includes the presence of positive emotions and moods (e.g., contentment, happiness), the absence of negative emotions (e.g., depression, anxiety), satisfaction with life, fulfillment, and positive functioning.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes it is important to remember that a person’s mental health can change over time, depending on many factors. When the demands placed on a person exceed their resources and coping abilities, their mental health could be impacted. While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. More than half of people with a mental health condition in the U.S. did not receive any treatment in the last year.