What is Mental Wellbeing

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What is Mental Wellbeing?
The Anchorage of the Queensland Rugby Union Mental Health program

Mental wellbeing is a fundamental part of achieving overall health. Despite every single one of us having mental health, it is a term that is often misunderstood.

Just like with overall health, mental health is not simply the absence of mental disorders or disabilities.

MENTAL HEALTH is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.

Mental wellbeing exists on a continuing spectrum; at one-end we have mental disorders (such as depression and anxiety) and on the other end we have positive mental health or thriving. Positive wellbeing includes aspects of emotional stability, optimism, reliance, self-esteem, positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment.