Definition: The World Health Organization (2011) describes mental health as: ‘A state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can e with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.’
One-in-four adults and one-in-ten children experience mental illness during their lifetime, and many more of us know and care for people who do.
Improved mental health and wellbeing is associated with a range of better outcomes for people of all ages and backgrounds.
- improved physical health and life expectancy
- better educational achievement
- increased skills
- reduced health risk behaviours such as smoking and alcohol misuse
- reduced risk of mental health problems and suicide
- improved employment rates and productivity
- reduced anti-social behaviour and criminality
- and higher levels of social interaction and participation(NHS, 2019)
Department for Education – Mental Health and Behaviour in School – November 2018