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 noun mental health professionalsa mental health clinic

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Neuropsychological assessments are a specialized form of psychological testing that sees how certain neurological conditions affect mental health and the nervous system. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 13 July 2018 Among the heath and fitness fads flooding social media pages is Whole30 -- a food program that has people claiming weight loss, higher energy, better mental health and more. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Whole30 diet is all the rage: What you need to know," 13 July 2018 Suicide and mental health has been a strong topic of conversation in dance music, the music industry and the world in general. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Above & Beyond's Paavo on Mental Health: 'You Are Not Alone'," 12 July 2018 He's also been praised by many for passionately vocalizing his views on issues of social justice, toxic masculinity, and mental health. refinery29.com, "Jonathan Van Ness Just Got Nommed For Two Emmys & He Cannot Believe It," 12 July 2018 Experts: Suspensions can hurt more than help The state is taking steps to prioritize children's mental health. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "A Carmel High School student's suicide raises questions over how schools discipline kids," 11 July 2018 Circuit Court Clerk Erin Cartwright Weinstein said exceptions include mental health and juvenile cases. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Crackdown on Chain O' Lakes yields impaired boating arrests, citations," 8 July 2018 The San Antonio State Hospital would convert a now vacant building into a 40-bed facility to serve patients with mental health issues, according to Christine Mann, a spokeswoman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio State Hospital to add 40 beds for mental-health patients," 7 July 2018 This mind-set is familiar, especially in discussions of mental health or addiction, and in arguments at the heart of many marriages. New York Times, "In Knausgaard’s ‘Spring,’ a Man Considers How Best to Help His Sick Wife," 6 July 2018

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circa 1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 noun mental health professionalsa mental health clinic

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