What is Mental Health
When you hear that someone may suffer from mental health your mind probably goes to think that there is a problem with their psychological well-being. However, mental health is not only about psychological well-being, it is also about someone's intellectual, emotional, and social well-being. When one of the four categories is damaged in any way, it can alter how one thinks, feels, and acts. It can completely change them into a different person than you know. Hence, when family, friends tell you that something is wrong with you, listen to them because they are the ones that spend the most time with you and know who you are, how you behave, how you talk. If one is not mentally healthy then it will be much more difficult to deal with stress, build relationships with others and make good choices because one is not in one's right state of mind.
Two words that go hand in hand with mental health is mental illness, which is also called mental disorders. Mental illnesses or mental disorders, whichever you want to call them, refers to an array of disorders that commonly affect one's mood, thinking, and behavior. Some common examples of mental disorders are depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and addictive behaviors like stealing.
In the US, the National Alliance on Mental Illness calculates that close to one in five adults suffers from mental health problems every year. Those are very close numbers and tell you that everyone is at some risk of developing a mental disorder. It does not matter how old you are, your gender, income, or ethnicity (a social group that has something in common like a cultural tradition).
Some elements that are at your disposal to change, to improve your odds of not being mentally unhealthy and suffering from a mental disorder are your socioeconomic status (if you have a job), occupation, social involvement (friends, family), education, and housing quality. However, there are three things that you cannot change, which are your age, gender, and ethnicity.