Mental health has only recently received the attention it deserves. Not being a visual or obvious injury or illness makes it challenging to identify who and with those with mental health issues. Sociocultural awareness and attitudes to mental health also affect how it is acknowledged, treated and managed. Mental health may not be as straight-forward to treat as physical health, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be tried.
Mental health is distinct from mental illness; the former refers to “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Mental illness “is a behavioural or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning.”