Jakayla obtained her MSW degree from the University of Central Florida.
Make It Make Sense
Thankfully, the term ‘mental health’ is not uncommon in our society today. However, there is still some stigma behind the word. That means we may recognize the word but still have a negative thought about what it actually means.
According to Oxford Languages and Google, the definition of mental health is "a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being."
From my perspective, mental health can be defined as a person’s view of their environment through the lenses of thought and emotion.
In realizing this, we understand that every single person alive deals with mental health every day. That does not necessarily mean we all struggle in our mental health. It just means we all have a mind and would like for it to be healthy. Similar to how we all have a body and would like for it to be healthy. We call this physical health.
Everything is on a spectrum, including our mental health. Spectrum is just a fancy word for saying somewhere between two extremes.
- For example, if the two extremes here (A and Z) are unattainable then our mental health is somewhere between the two.
- Put simply, a clients ‘mental state’ is not in disorder unless the client expresses distress in some area of their thinking, emotions, or everyday life.
A Social Perspective on Mental Health
Mental health conditions and symptoms can be understood as perceptions and experiences. To begin to understand this with clients (or ourselves) we can ask the following:
- What are your thoughts?
- What do you think about yourself?
- What do you think about your life?
- What do you think about your family?
- What do you think about the world or your own environment?
- Do you enjoy most of these thoughts?
We can allow clients to expand on each of these questions as much as they would like to.
There is a boatload of information and training on addressing mental health clinically. It is important to treat mental health conditions clinically. In no way is this meant to substitute professional clinical help for a mental health condition or for thoughts of suicide.
Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
© 2020 Jakayla
Jakayla (author) from Central Florida on October 07, 2020:
Thank you for your feedback and kind words.
Helna on October 07, 2020:
Nice information. Keep up the good work.