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 Police work is stressful and officers from around the country are increasingly seeking mental health services, something that once came with a heavy stigma. Bob Chiarito, chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2021 Indeed, Essaibi George has long been a fierce advocate for the homeless and for mental health services. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 The monitor will be tasked with verifying data submitted by the state analyzing the success of its mental health services. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 July 2021 Administrators have proposed a partial spending plan focused heavily on air quality improvements, mental health services, teacher training and tutoring. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 July 2021 Declining tax revenues led to cuts in social services and massive cuts in mental health services. Frank Shyong Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 Other areas buoyed by the new funds include the district adding teachers to reduce class sizes at its sixth- and seventh-grade levels, as well as hiring a coordinator of family engagement and mental health services. John Benson, cleveland, 15 July 2021 Other grants will cover the cost of legal, health care and mental health services, as well as outreach and public safety programs, such as civilian foot patrols to protect seniors. NBC News, 13 July 2021 And the agency has increased its mental health services since the riot, including bringing in police from other agencies for peer counseling and adding two new emotional support dogs, named Lila and Filip. New York Times, 12 July 2021

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First Known Use of mental health

circa 1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Jul 2021

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“Mental health.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mental%20health. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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