- “Mental” refers to thoughts (thought content), feelings (emotions), and related brain functioning.
- Mental health varies on a continuum from “poor” to “good”. Good santé mentale is a state of psychological well-being. Good santé mentale generally enables people to function, realize their abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, and contribute to their community.
- Mental disorder severity lies on a different continuum from santé mentale and varies from mild to severe (Keyes, 2010). A person can have good santé mentale even though they have a mental illness or a mental disorder. Conversely, but more commonly, a person can have poor santé mentale but still not meet the diagnostic criteria for any specific mental disorder as described in the DSM or the ICD.
- Mental health is influenced by a wide variety of determinants, not only potentially psychologically traumatic events and stressors.
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- Refers to a person’s thoughts and feelings.
- Mental health exists on a continuum between poor and good. In good santé mentale, a person knows their abilities, copes well with normal stress, works well, and contributes to their community.
- People with a diagnosis of a mental disorder can be coping well and still have good santé mentale.
- On the other hand, a person can have poor santé mentale without having a diagnosis of a mental disorder.
- Mental health is influenced by a wide variety of factors, not only potentially psychologically traumatic events and stressors.
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