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Mental Language

What is mental health and why are so many people afraid it? Why does mental health conger up images of murder's and rapists? Mental Health is a term we use every day, a term that we commonly confuse with Mental Illness.

According to the World Health Organisation, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

''Mental health is about wellness rather than illness''

Phrases such as ‘good mental health’, ‘positive mental health’, ‘mental well-being’, ‘subjective well-being’ and even ‘happiness’ have been proposed by various people to emphasis that mental health is about wellness rather than illness. While some say this has been helpful, others argue that using more words to describe the same thing just adds to the confusion.

What do you think? Do you get confused between Mental Health and Mental Illness? Does the words "mental health" scare you? Would you prefer Mental wellness?