Mental Health – Its Importance

Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is a state of full physical, emotional and social well being and not simply the absence of illness and infirmity. There are many ways to define health and what it means for you, but what is important is that it is your personal idea of health, because everyone’s idea of health is different. A number of broad definitions have been use over time to describe health. Health and wellbeing, for example, have broadened in the last few decades and become more applicable to the contemporary world.


According to the WHO, “happiness is the state or quality of being at peace with himself/herself, with others and with the universe at large.” This definition includes the ability to enjoy life, to be creative, to have persistence and tolerance, to be creative and to have empathy. A few other areas that are included under the concept of happiness are vitality, sexuality, freedom and well-being. Mental health, on the other hand, is the state of mind of an individual, which includes his ability to live his life to the fullest, and to cope with both positive and negative aspects in his life. The word’mental’ is also related to the word’mind’, indicating that it is an aspect of our being that is separate from our body.

People are usually happy when they are healthy and vice versa, but it becomes a little difficult to maintain a happy and healthy life when one is plagued with physical diseases like heart disease, cancer, etc. Physical illnesses do not necessarily bring about mental distress, but in most cases, people who suffer from physical ailments tend to be less happy than those who do not suffer from these ailments. Mental disorders, like bad habits, are more common among the physically ill than among the healthy. Stress can also bring about mental disorders, like anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. Sometimes, the absence of a physical disability causes distress and therefore the term absence of disease. Therefore, good health is necessary not only for physical well-being but also for mental well-being.