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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Another police shooting occurred July 3 when a Danbury police officer shot and injured a man police say wielded two knives at them after a two-hour manhunt near a mental health and addiction treatment facility. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "NAACP, parents of man killed by cops in Windham demand more police transparency," 17 July 2019 But this positive change will ensure that 13 Reasons Why continues to encourage open conversation about mental health and suicide prevention – while also mitigating the risk for the most vulnerable teenage viewers. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "13 Reasons Why Edits Out Graphic Suicide from Graphic Scene in Season 1 Finale," 16 July 2019 Breidenstine said her agency serves nearly 75,000 people with mental health and substance use disorders in the city a year. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Shootings like the one Monday in Baltimore remain rare in health care settings, though assaults are not uncommon," 16 July 2019 Brown, whose caregiver said she was concerned for her safety because of some mental health difficulties, had last been seen on July 7, 2019. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Police Have Found The Body Of Myriam Camarillo, Who Was Missing In Texas," 15 July 2019 An additional 27% were distributed to the Healthy Indiana Plan Trust Fund, and the rest was split up among the Cigarette Tax Fund and funds for medicaid reimbursements, mental health centers, affordable housing and state retiree health benefits. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana was a 'leader' in tobacco prevention. Now it's falling behind.," 15 July 2019 Kaiser’s mental health workers in California are involved in a separate contract dispute with the company. James F. Peltz, latimes.com, "85,000 Kaiser Permanente workers head toward a strike vote," 12 July 2019 On Wednesday, government officials gathered in a courtroom with the mental health advocates who filed the lawsuit 16 years ago that led to the transition to independent living. Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, "Judge Orders Expanded Oversight for Mentally Ill New Yorkers In Supported Housing," 12 July 2019 Doctors, registered nurses, and mental health workers are not among those considering a strike. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Kaiser Permanente Colorado workers weighing a strike," 12 July 2019

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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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