What is Mental Health?
Mental health can be pictured by looking at
people around you. People with good
mental health most often feel good about
themselves. These are traits of people with
good mental health:
1. Positive Self-Image. They say
positive things about themselves.
They believe they can do the things
they need to do.
2. Participate in Outside Activities.
They are active in things that renew
their bodies and spirits.
3. Able to Deal with Stress. They can
identify problems and find ways to
4. Positive, Fulfilling Relationships
with Others. They can share
feelings and ideas, hopes and
dreams. They have healthy
5. Self-Direction. They can make
decisions, plan their education, excel
in the workforce, and enjoy hobbies.
They are able to follow through and
do the things they want and need to
6. Accurate Self-Perception. Their
feelings match their behavior. What
they believe about themselves is a
true picture of who they are.
What You Can Do For Your Mental
1. For a positive self-image:
ξ Believe in yourself.
ξ List what you do well.
ξ Remind yourself you are
ξ Accept constructive criticism
but disregard character
ξ Set goals. Break them down
into small parts that you can
ξ Stop negative self-talk. Tell
yourself positive things.
2. For outside activities:
ξ List what you may like to do.
ξ Take up a hobby.
ξ Exercise three times a week
for 20 minutes. Do
something you enjoy.
ξ Develop your spiritual self
through church or non-church
3. For stress management:
ξ Read about stress
management techniques or
take a class.
ξ Think of stressful situations
as challenges where you can
use your positive attitude and
ξ Take yourself less seriously.
4. For positive relationships:
ξ Join groups where you can be
ξ Become involved in groups
that help you grow as a
ξ Read books about good ways
to communicate. Practice
what you learn with friends.
ξ Work on your relationship
with people important to you.
ξ Consider learning to care for
a pet if being close to people
is difficult right now.
5. For self-direction:
ξ Be proud of your
ξ Make your own decisions.
ξ Identify your needs. Make a
list if necessary, and work to
meet those needs.
6. For an accurate self-perception:
ξ Listen to feedback from
people you respect.
ξ Be honest in your relations
Above all, remember you can be your own
best friend. Seek professional help if you
feel down and need help in making life
better for yourself. You are important. It is
vital you care for you.
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