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

Examples of mental health in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Living in a tent in Australia, and getting mental health treatment at McLean Hospital in Belmont. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2022 Most people are looking for housing, substance misuse treatment, mental health treatment and information about legal services. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 In a hearing on September 7, 2022, a judge ordered Barisone be transferred to the less-restrictive Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital for mental health treatment, with a follow-up hearing in six months to check on his progress. Jamie Stolz And Michael Loftus, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2022 El Cajon leaders also have thrown their support behind the new CARE Court, which could more easily force people into mental health treatment, and have debated what signs would best discourage panhandling. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 At his sentencing on Thursday, Rogers told U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt that he was abused and bullied growing up but is now receiving mental health treatment, CNN reported. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 The filing comes as Linton's lawyers seek her release on bail and potential housing in a mental health treatment facility. Dan Carson, Chron, 12 Sep. 2022 Why is there a stigma around mental health treatment? Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 9 Sep. 2022 Roughly 23% of people between the ages of 18 and 44 got mental health treatment in 2021, up from 18.5% in 2019. Maggie O'neill, SELF, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mental health

circa 1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Sep 2022

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“Mental health.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mental%20health. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for mental health

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
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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