This website provides information on how you can take steps to improve your own or others' mental health and wellbeing.
The World Health Organisation (Factsheet No.220) has described good mental health as:
'Not just the absence of mental disorder. It is a state of wellbeing where the individual realises 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'.
Good mental health is a foundation of positive health and wellbeing. As recognised in the Cross Government Mental Health Outcomes Strategy (HMG Feb. 2011) - 'there's no health without mental health'. The level of good mental health/mental wellbeing, directly influences our quality of life as we experience it through thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Mental health improvement includes any positive actions,which increases our level of health and wellbeing. As part of this, there may be the need to tackle problem areas which are having a negative effect and pull us down into poorer mental health. Mental health improvement works towards building positive factors (e.g. feeling more in control) and reducing negative ones (e.g. anxiety). Helpful organisations are listed later.
Understanding this 'two-way' traffic system allows you to improve your mental health using a variety of practical mental/emotional and physical approaches.
For information on practical methods to reduce and control stress, please visit www.stepsforstress.org.
Contact the free NHS Grampian healthline on: 0500 20 20 30
Euan McCormack, Mental Health Improvement Advisor