In this week’s community education column, Keith Edwards, a mental health lecturer from Exmouth, writes for the Journal.
The Covid-19 pandemic has engendered much talk about how the restrictions are affecting people’s mental health, but what do we mean by mental health.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as ‘a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her abilities, can cope with normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to his or her community’, or in other words being in the driving seat as we travel the bumpy road of life.
Covid-19 has highlighted that the context of our lives is a significant factor for mental health, and that some of us will have greater resilience (i.e., the capacity to recover quickly from difficult situations) than others.
Mental health impacts on all aspects of our lives, on our thoughts, feelings, functioning and how…