What is Mental Health?  

Written by Olivia Arambula, LPC

Mental health is the state of your emotional, psychological and social well-being. The state of your mental health can have an impact on the way you cope with stress, interact in your relationships, view a situation, and behave in general. With all the different components that mental health can impact it is easy to see how it would influence your quality of life. When you hear good and bad mental health, it is not a judgment of how you are or what you’re feeling, rather, it refers to your ability to cope with life’s challenges, develop fulfilling relationships, adapt to changes and setbacks, and have a positive sense of self-worth.  

The state of one’s mental health is not static in nature, meaning that it can be ever-changing. Depending on what is occurring in your life, how you are coping with it, and how many protective factors you have, it can ultimately shape the condition of your mental health. Common mental health conditions include anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many others. These conditions can be caused by various factors, such as genetics, life experiences, biological factors, and environmental influences.  

Mental health has been overlooked and minimized for many years; however, caring for your mental health should be considered as important as caring for your physical health. The same way a broken leg can make it more challenging for you to function in your everyday life, a mental health condition can do the same thing.   

If you or a loved one are struggling with their own mental health, or you are just wanting to learn the skills that could help you improve your relationships and how you handle stress, feel free to explore our website or send us a message to learn how you or your loved one can get started today!