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Mental health can be defined in many different ways, but basically it means the right level of psychological well-being and the absence of mental disorders. According to the WHO definition, mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.

Mental health encompasses the ability to adapt to social and other environments, a coherent self-identity, recognition of one’s abilities and limitations, the ability to process emotions, and psychological flexibility during changes and problem situations. Good mental health is a resource that helps you to cope in daily life and during unexpected life events.

You can and should take care of your mental health. These pages provide you with information on things that affect mental health and on ways to promote your own mental well-being.