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What factors into Healthy (and poor) Mental Health?

What factors into Healthy (and poor) Mental Health?

Hello Sugarfoot! I see your back to continue our path to breaking down a BLOCKAGE in our Community! Last week during the World Wide Timeout, I discussed the brief introduction to mental health. We understand that we need to take a step back and make changes to be the better person we are meant to be. But what are we looking for exactly?  This leads us to our next topic of discussion of this mental health series, THE FACTORS! As always, I hope, that by giving you knowledge about the different aspects of Mental health, it will be less heavy on your minds moving forward. So, let’s go!

What are factors to achieving a good quality of Mental Health?

As we previously discussed, “Mental Health” includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental Health determines how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.  Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood through adolescence and on through adulthood. Typically this means that our mental health is often influenced by what we see, hear and feel throughout our lives. That means that any factor can have an effect on your mental health. Some can be negative, some can be positive and some can be neutral.

What are positive (and negative) factors that contribute to your health ?

Some positive factors are:

Self-esteem

This is the value we place on ourselves, our positive self-image and sense of self-worth. People with high self-esteem generally have a positive outlook and are satisfied with themselves most of the time.

Feeling loved

Children who feel loved, trusted and accepted by their parents and others are far more likely to have good self-esteem. They are also more likely to feel comfortable, safe and secure, and are better able to communicate and develop positive relationships with others.

Confidence

Youth should be encouraged to discover their own unique qualities and have the confidence to face challenges and take risks. Young people who are brought up to have confidence in themselves are more likely to have a positive attitude, and to lead happy and productive lives.

Some negative factors are:

Family breakup or loss

Separation or divorce or the loss of a parent or sibling is extremely painful. Finding ways to cope and adjust to the changes wrought by these events is critical for everyone, but particularly for youth. How grief is handled can affect young people negatively for years to come. If children are having difficulty coping, professional help is recommended.

Difficult behaviour

When people are unhappy, they either internalize their unhappiness or act out. The latter usually appears as bad or difficult behaviour, such as using abusive language, being aggressive or violent, damaging property, stealing, lying, refusing to comply with requests or expectations at school or home, or displaying other inappropriate actions. If such behaviour is serious and persistent, the young person and his or her family might require professional help.

Physical ill health

Diseases, injuries and other physical problems often contribute to poor mental health and sometimes mental illness. Some physical causes (such as birth trauma, brain injury or drug abuse) can directly affect brain chemistry and contribute to mental illness. More commonly, poor physical health can affect self-esteem and people’s ability to meet their goals, which leads to unhappiness or even depression.

Another negative factor is abuse, which we will discuss in the next few weeks to come. Now that we know the factors to mental health, some good, some bad, now we can move on to the next part of mental health: discussing the difference between “Mental Health vs Mental Illnesses”. Let me know below how you will work with Mental Health this week, and if you use any of the methods I listed in my previous post to relax. You can also join BGH to learn more about Mental Health here: membership.blackgirlhealth.com.

If you would like to educate yourself on different mental health topics, then visit http://medlineplus.gov/ an online information service, produced by the National Library of Medicine where consumers can view the latest health articles and content. If you are a consumer interested in reading medical publications such as journals, dictionaries, or even blog then go to https://www.nlm.nih.gov/ website of the National Library of Medicine.

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Aliza Bolling
Aliza Bolling

A soon-to-be Graduate of THE Xavier University of Louisiana. Aliza is a Public Health Sciences Major, hoping to get into Healthcare Admin, Health Policy and Epidemiology in her career as a future Public Health Leader.

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