• Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (From World Health Organization)

Our definition:

  • Mental health is when your mind, body, and soul are functioning in a state of well-being.
  • You can’t have health without mental health
  • If you have a brain…you have mental health (Get it! EVERYONE has mental health)


  • Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.
  • Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.
  • A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life, such as at school or work or in relationships. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy). (From Mayo Clinic)

Our definition:

  • May be referred to as Mental Health Disorders or Mental Health Conditions
  • When your thoughts, emotions, and feelings become heightened, overly sensitive, and slightly distorted.
  • While most people can recover from disappointment, hurt, loss, etc., in an average amount of time, sometimes it becomes all-consuming.  Other times, a mental illness is triggered out of the blue.