What is mental health?

The WHO (2013) defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential and can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

Mental health skills can be strengthened

Mental health skills include for example emotional and awareness skills, life skills, as well as interpersonal and problem solving skills

It is beneficial and rewarding to develop mental health skills. Our website provides information and exercises for this as well as survival stories.

Protective factors for mental health

Many external and internal factors protect mental health. It is important for all of us to develop these.

Internal protective factors

  • Social support, friends
  • Good physical health and heredity
  • Positive early relationships
  • Sufficient self-esteem
  • Feeling of being accepted
  • Problem solving ability
  • Ability to deal with conflict
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to form and maintain relationships
  • Possibility for self-fulfilment

External protective factors

  • Possibility for education
  • Job or another source of income
  • Support from the work community and manager
  • Feeling of being heard and ability to influence
  • Safe living environment
  • Public support system that is close by and easily accessible