It’s interesting isn’t it, that often the expression ‘mental health’ immediately makes people think of mental illness. Oh, so and so has a ‘mental health issue’. Well which one are we talking about, mental illness or mental health?
I have recently done a little social experiment where I asked people of all ages this question: “When I say these two words, tell me the first thing that pops into your head - “Mental Health.”
The responses I got over and over again, were; ‘Depression, anxiety, turmoil, unseen illness, stigma, ‘I need help”.
Do you notice something here?
I didn’t receive one single reference to mental ‘Health’, as I knew would be the case.Here is my view on both mental illness and mental health and how I approach this topic in my Freedom Counselling sessions.