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What is good mental health?

Aspects of a good mental health.
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As you have just seen, young people have different views on what good mental health is. Mental health is not easy to describe because it consists of different aspects. Here are a few of the most important ones:

Mental health is about dealing with feelings and thoughts
Someone with a good mental health:
  • feels good about him or herself
  • can think positively
  • can enjoy things
  • can do his or her (school) work
  • can deal with common setbacks, such as a flat tire or a bad test score
  • feels comfortable interacting with other people

Now try, with these aspects in mind, to evaluate your own mental health in the following step.

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