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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Youth are provided with mentoring, job training, life skills training, mental health counseling, career and educational development. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018 The mental health center opened in 1958 and closed in 2012, while the adjacent Howe Developmental Center closed in 2009. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "3 firms compete to develop state-owned site in Tinley Park," 13 July 2018 The story centers around a rock singer, Pink, who has lost touch with reality and is spending time at a mental health clinic. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 The new music video tackles the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Good Charlotte Releases Poignant New Single 'Shadowboxer': Watch," 13 July 2018 Forbes has post traumatic stress disorder, a mental health expert testified. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Defense lawyers seek mercy for three convicted in Broward deputy's murder," 29 June 2018 That is what therapists and mental health experts are for. Monique Judge, The Root, "Why I Had to Stop Seeing Mr. Big After Our 5-Day Date," 25 June 2018 While hackathons are usually reserved for computer programmers, this dayslong sprint will also draw on the expertise of local mental health experts and community leaders, parents, analysts and entrepreneurs. Rebecca Lurye, Courant Community, "Hackathon To Shape Hartford's Plan To Aid Traumatized Youth," 22 June 2018 Kitley, a licensed clinical social worker, has a private practice on the Mag Mile in Chicago and is a women's mental health expert and author. Felicia Dechter, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Oak Park author Kelley Kitley honored for making Chicago a 'City of Big Readers'," 21 June 2018

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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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