1.1 – What is Poor Mental Health?

We start this course with what seems like a relatively simple question: ‘What is poor mental health?’. However, the answer to this question is not as simple as what one may first assume. It is one that many spend years studying and dedicate their careers to combatting.

Mental health is not a static thing. Everyone’s mental health differs over their lifetime and what is normal for one person is not normal for another. It is better to consider mental health on a scale rather than something which is modal.

Imagine this scale without any points or numbers, but just having “Complete mental unwellness” on the far left and “Complete mental unwellness” on the far right. Something like this:

It is worth noting that everyones scale is unique, no two scales will be the same. However, the important thing to consider is how mental wellness is affecting function in daily life and society.

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