What is Mental Health?


Mental health includes 3 things: cognitive, emotional and behavioral health. In short, it’s how we think, feel and behave.

But what does that mean?

Cognitive health describes how our brains work.
It’s how we think. It includes memory, language and how we learn.

Emotional health does not mean being happy all of the time. It’s about being able to manage and intentionally respond to emotions. It’s about not letting emotions control us.

Behavioral health is how we behave or function. It’s our ability to interact with others, and describes our ability to grow, work & contribute to society.

When we struggle with any one of these 3 things, our mental health suffers. Sadly, we can often feel deep shame, too—making it harder to reach out for the help we need.

But taking care of our mental health is just as important. And should be just as normal as taking care of our physical health.

Health of any kind doesn’t just happen. It takes care, attention and often outside help. So, don’t be afraid to speak up, share and seek the help you need.

Remember, stuff grows where crap goes. So, don’t be scared.
It may just be time to get growing!

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