Originated by: Dr Felicia Rivera Megret
Positive Mental State is a level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness. It is the “psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment”.
From the perspective of positive psychology, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health includes “subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter-generational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential, among others.
This module looks at cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all of which affect how “mental health” is defined.