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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According to the World Health Organization, depression is an extremely common mental health disorder affecting more than 300 million people of all ages worldwide. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Kate Middleton's Brother James Wrote a Powerful Essay About Mental Health," 12 Jan. 2019 Permanent supportive housing, while expensive, likewise seems to reduce the costs of late-stage treatment of addiction and mental health disorders. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 Exposure to multiple traumatic events places these children at even greater risk for mental health disorders. Dylan Gee, Vox, "I study kids who were separated from their parents. The trauma could change their brains forever.," 20 June 2018 Prioritizing yourself and your mental health is so important, and these women were shining examples of doing just that. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "24 Social Media Moments That Literally Made 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Others have argued to uphold the ethical standard, pointing out that diagnoses at a distance are not reliable and that tossing around labels can increase the stigma of mental health conditions. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "News of Trump passing cognitive test may make it harder to detect dementia," 16 July 2018 Thailand's Department of Mental Health said hospitals are making preparations to care for the boys' and will monitor them until their mental health is fully regained. chicagotribune.com, "Trapped in Thai cave, youngsters must grapple with stress," 5 July 2018 But last month, the Trump administration announced that states would be able to seek waivers from that law to give more treatment to those with serious mental health issues. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Inslee unveils $675 million plan to reverse crisis in Washington’s mental-health system," 12 Dec. 2018 In a new interview with Self, Sarah Hyland opened up about many of her health struggles over the past few years, including a second kidney transplant, and mental health issues stemming from surgery. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Sarah Hyland Opened Up About a Second Kidney Transplant and Mental Health Consequences," 10 Dec. 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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