“I am not Crazy. My Mother had Me Tested…”

Starting as a joke from the successful TV show, Big Bang Theory, this quote began to be one of the most used ones among millennials. However, what does being crazy mean? Moreover, how can we know that our mental health is on the right side of such a mental health test? Wait, what is mental health and how can you check it?

“From the perspective of positive psychology or holism, mental health may include an individual’s ability to ENJOY LIFE and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience”. The WHO (World Health Organization) further states that the “well-being of an individual is encompassed in the realisation of their abilities, coping with normal stresses of life, productive work and contribution to their community.” A widely accepted definition of health by mental health specialists is psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s classification: the capacity “TO WORK AND TO LOVE.”

The third Sustainable Development Goal is good health and well being, but nowadays mental illnesses are MORE COMMON THAN CANCER, diabetes, or heart disease. Severe mental disorders affect an estimated 6 percent of the adult population or approximately 1 in 17 people.

How do you know if you are affected by an illness?

A person struggling with his or her mental health may experience stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, addiction, ADHD or learning disabilities, mood disorders, or other mental illnesses of varying degrees.
Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviours can be an early warning sign of a problem:
* Eating or sleeping too much or too little
* Pulling away from people and usual activities
* Having low or no energy
* Feeling numb or like nothing matters
* Having unexplained aches and pains
* Feeling helpless or hopeless
*Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
* Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
* Yelling or fighting with family and friends
* Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships

The 21st century brought upon us the incredible connectivity and ability to transmit messages at the speed of light but it made us more liable to the influence of other people’s thoughts. How to help people in maintaining mental health these days, may be the biggest challenge WHO is facing right now.

Mental or physical exercise can help!

Ways to maintain positive mental health may include:
* Getting professional help if you need it
* Connecting with others
* Staying positive
* Getting physically active
* Helping others
* Getting enough sleep
* Developing coping skills
* Being an AIESECer 😉

It is, at the end of the day, all about balancing out all aspects of life. An example of a wellness model includes one developed by Myers, Sweeney and Witmer. It includes five life tasks—essence or SPIRITUALITY, WORK and leisure, FRIENDSHIP, LOVE and self-direction. Getting those five into balance is the ultimate goal we should be striving for, according to these scientists.

What are your thoughts on this issue, HOW do you think we can educate the wider masses about it, should we, and do you have any ADVICE on how those five areas can be put into balance? Please share your thoughts and stories in the comments section below; we are keen to research the topic further.

Thank you for reading this article, we have four tips for you on how to improve your mental health every day:
http://mashable.com/2014/05/06/mental-health-desk-exercises/#C.OplCGmegq7

Written by Petra Cvetanovic

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_health

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