Positive mental health
How do I know whether I have a problem?
This is quite a difficult question. If I feel sad, this might be perfectly normal, if there is a good reason to feel sad. If I feel anxious, this too is a healthy human response to a threat of some kind. Yet equally, such feelings can be signs that there is something wrong. Most physicians seek evidence of poor health, possible symptoms of a syndrome or an illness. However, it is equally valid to ask what does it mean to be mentally healthy? At Robin Corner we try to acknowledge the positives as well as the problems.
The following statements of positive mental health are designed to be ideal objectives. It is unlikely that many people will be able to affirm them all.
These are statements of positive mental health:
This list is intended to paint a picture of full human life. There may be items that ‘ring a bell’ for you and if so, this may be an edge of personal development. Spotting the issue of concern is often half the battle. If your life is missing something then coming to Robin Corner may help you to resolve that problem. The list is different to Psychiatric classifications of mental ill health such as DSM 4, because it focuses on positive well being.