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Mental Health

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes 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”.

(World Health Organization. Promoting mental health: concepts, emerging evidence, practice (Summary Report) Geneva: World Health Organization; 2004.

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According to the World Psychiatry: “Mental health is a dynamic state of internal equilibrium which enables individuals to use their abilities in harmony with universal values of society.

 

Basic cognitive and social skills; ability to recognize, express and modulate one's own emotions, as well as empathize with others; flexibility and ability to cope with adverse life events and function in social roles; and harmonious relationship between body and mind represent important components of mental health which contribute, to varying degrees, to the state of internal equilibrium.”

 

(World Psychiatry. 2015 Jun; 14(2): 231–233. Published online 2015 Jun 4. doi: 10.1002/wps.20231)

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Sarah Kouzi
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