mental health

noun

Definition of mental health

1 : the condition of being sound mentally and emotionally that is characterized by the absence of mental illness and by adequate adjustment especially as reflected in feeling comfortable about oneself, positive feelings about others, and the ability to meet the demands of daily life also : the general condition of one's mental and emotional state
2 : health care dealing with the promotion and improvement of mental health and the treatment of mental illness often used before another nounmental health professionalsa mental health clinic

Examples of mental health in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is also considered a contributing risk factor for physical and mental health issues, including cardiovascular diseases, chronic pain syndrome, depression, anxiety, diabetes, obesity, and asthma. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "What Is Insomnia? Everything You Need to Know About the Common Sleep Disorder," 29 July 2020 Student health and mental health clinics will limit in-person visits and offer phone and video appointments. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "UT San Antonio, going mostly virtual, will work to preserve visas of international students with in-person classes," 10 July 2020 At a White House round table hosted by Trump, speaker after speaker addressed the need to get students back in the classroom, both for academic and mental health reasons. Collin Binkley, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says he will pressure states to reopen schools in fall," 8 July 2020 This weekend, PeteFest returns for its third year as the nation’s largest outdoor music festival dedicated to addressing mental health and removing the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicide. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Live music is slowly coming back. Here's what PeteFest and Kentucky State Fair have planned," 7 July 2020 At a White House roundtable hosted by Mr. Trump, speaker after speaker addressed the need to get students back in the classroom, both for academic and mental health reasons. CBS News, "Trump pushes states to reopen schools this fall amid coronavirus pandemic," 7 July 2020 Public health efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 should also take into account the importance of social connectivity for maintaining older adults’ physical and mental health. Matthew Lee Smith, The Conversation, "Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic’s hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it," 6 July 2020 Senior English officers have said that as many as 40% of calls to the police are mental health-related. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Defund the police? Europeans redirect them.," 6 July 2020 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks are not required for people who have physical or mental health conditions, including those who are Deaf or hard of hearing, but some still prefer to wear a mask. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "For some Arizonans with hearing loss, the pandemic poses unique challenges," 5 July 2020

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First Known Use of mental health

circa 1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mental health was circa 1650

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“Mental health.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mental%20health. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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mental health

noun

Medical Definition of mental health

1 : the condition of being sound mentally and emotionally that is characterized by the absence of mental illness and by adequate adjustment especially as reflected in feeling comfortable about oneself, having positive feelings about others, and being able to meet the demands of daily life also : the general condition of one's mental and emotional state Finding the flexibility and balance that is required for good mental health is a challenge we all face. — Christy Turlington, Psychology Today, July/August 2001
2 : health care dealing with the promotion and improvement of mental health and the treatment of mental illness : mental hygiene often used before another nounmental health professionalsa mental health clinic

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