Mental Health problems are common. In any one year approximately one in four British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem and the World Health Organisation forecasts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease. The long-standing stigma around mental health problems mean that many people have a limited understanding of mental ill health.
What is mental health?
The World Health Organisation defines health as: ‘a state of (complete) physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’
Mental health is defined as: ‘…the emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of well-being and an underlying belief in our own, and others’, dignity and worth.’