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What is Mental Health?

A healthy mind focuses on the present

A healthy mind can compartmentalise your thoughts. Not all thoughts belong to all moments.

A healthy mind can quieten its preoccupations in order to focus on the present and stay engaged with what and who is immediately around.

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Imagination: the power to find alternatives
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Some of our most despondent moods are caused by failures of the imagination. Imagination here is the power to envision alternatives. When we're sad, we can't imagine fi...

We are people with choices

As grown-ups, we have choices. We are not small children where we have to depend on our parents for everything.

We could work as a bus conductor or retrain as a psychotherapist. We could volunteer in an emergency shelter. We can throw ourselves into learning a new language or take a university degree. We can look up old and trusted friends or make new friends.

Imagination: a chance of fulfillment

To increase our chances of fulfillment, we need to feed our imagination and provide them with endless examples of alternative narratives, so they are more able to come up with plan Bs. We should practice to picture better ways to be.

As part of creative classes, adolescents should be asked to produce narratives like: If I lost everything and had to start up again, I will... They should be asked to make a list of 20 things that currently make life meaningful, then have to cross them all off and find ten more.

Trauma
Trauma

Trauma is a distressing experience that affects our mental and physical well-being. It is the unresolved emotional response to a frightening event that occurred.

The concep...

The effects of trauma

Trauma shows up in our body in many different ways. It causes us to think illogically whenever we feel scared.

It may show up as:

  • fear
  • nightmares
  • social isolation
  • anxiety and depression.
Healing from our trauma

As individuals we have the responsibility of holding ourselves accountable as to how we respond to traumatic experiences, how we heal, and grow out of trauma.

Healing from trauma is not easy work but it allows us to face our fears headstrong. We will also be able to provide our own needs instead of relying on other people to soothe us when distressed.