What is Mental Health? with Dr. Mike Condra

you hello I'm dr. Mike Kandra director of health counseling and disability services at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario today I'm here to talk to you about mental health when we talk about mental health what is it that we mean the first thing to notice is that mental health is not blissful happiness 24 hours a day seven days a week nobody has a life like that all of us will have times in our lives when we feel sad or if you're happy or we feel anxious so this is in fact what mental health is we can do three things first we can engage in productive activities productive activities could be anything that could be knitting a sweater reading a book teaching a class being a student in the class but it's productive it engages our senses our intellect and it helps us to grow and develop the opposite of course would be a destructive activity which in some way harms or hurts us the second thing is we can engage in fulfilling relationships relationships that make us feel stronger or happier or which support are affirmed as relationships that are reciprocal so we have friends we have family there's no quota or number on this we shouldn't have to have 25 friends or 39 or six or four just that the relationships that we have are good for us and the third part of good mental health is probably the most subtle and the most important that is the ability to adapt and change and cope with adversity or stress when it happens and what this means is that we can deal with situations that cause stress or difficulty let's say for example that it takes us 20 minutes to drive to work and so we leave the house 10 minutes early only to find that our car won't start when we're mentally well we can start to think of other possibilities maybe we could get a cab maybe we could walk maybe we could call a friend who drives to the University maybe we could stay home when we're mentally well would keep that flexibility and were able to problem-solve but when we're mentally unwell we lose some of that flexibility and we start to rely on the same strategies for dealing with problems or we avoid solving problems all together we run away from them so when we're mentally well we are content and we can deal with stress so what is mental illness mental illness is a general term that we use to describe a number of significant changes that can happen to us firstly our thinking can change so people with mental health problems sometimes have difficulty with concentrating let's take an example you're relaxing and reading an article in the newspaper you reach the third paragraph and you realize that you don't remember what the article is about that's a difficulty with concentration people with mental health problems have a significant difficulty with memory with attending with concentrating on top of that this affects even important areas of their lives for example a student with attention and concentration problems will have difficulty reading the material for lectures or from texts so you can see this could be very frightening for the student the second thing that gets affected is our mood and typically when people develop a mental health problem they are likely to become more anxious or more sad or more irritable these are all unpleasant changes as well they may experience the loss of a sense of pleasure we all of us have things in our lives that we enjoy food or recreational activities or sporting activities our artistic endeavors but when people are mentally ill they often lose the pleasure that accompanies these activities and the third area that becomes affected is our behavior people with mental health problems may experience difficulties with eating or with sleeping or they may lose interest in their personal hygiene most mental health problems affect all three areas and in a general way we say that mental health problems are always associated with distress that's to say people are not happy when they're mentally unwell and all are associated with impaired functioning that is people are not able to do the things that they were able to do when their thank you for watching I hope that this video has given you some insight into what we mean when we talk about mental health you you


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  2. Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of mental illness.

    It is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".

    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.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter-generational dependence, and self-actualization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others."

    The WHO further states that the well-being of an individual is encompassed in the realization of their abilities, coping with normal stresses of life, productive work and contribution to their community.

    Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how "mental health" is defined.

    A widely accepted definition of health by mental health specialists is psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud's definition: the capacity "to work and to love".

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  4. awesome clip. Nice work. learnt a lot from this video.

  5. Thank you for this.
    looking for clarity and some light in my life. took down notes from your video.
    I feel like I'm on the road to recovery.

  6. Its not the ppl its the cistem and when someone does not fit in to your matrix its mental u r the dysfunctional 1ns making $ out of other ppls misery never have u cured anyone or will… sadness is part of life 🙂

  7. I love the illustration. Great video👍

  8. I have exams this week, this really helped me out:)

  9. What happens when you reach 0% mental health? When you 'lose your mind', i think its a breakdown right? What then? I been to losing my mental health because i was bullied, luckly, never had a breakdown.. I heard you just lose your mind and just fight randomly. Id like to know what happens, that topic seems interesting.

  10. Brilliant video. Thank you.

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  14. I am a British citizen living in Melbourne Australia. I had had a perfect history till my ex husband Royston Wilding wanted to steal millions from an estate he was executor for (see Supreme Court Case Kantor Vs Wilding 2005, Melbourne). I exposed him and had to go. He stalked me non stopped, shockingly abused my daughters including sexual then tried to Dr Johannes K.L Khor to get me a CTO!…..bribed I assumed or recorded while offering a bribe then blackmailed….. Just as I had found the Supreme Court Case and this doctor faked sectioning forms (and many many other documents and soon going to court) and got me an involuntary order and DRUGGED.They soon saw I did not need to be there but damage done including permanent eye damage. I was doing a civil case to but my bribed lawyer John Alexander O'Brien destroyed this and I ENDED UP THE CRIMINAL FOR YELLING AT MY STALKER.
    FUCK YOUR CTOs but I never got one

  15. Dr. Condra, you still have not defined what IS mental health: you described what we must do to acquire mental health or rather gave a descriptive account on what is mental health: (productivity, healthy relationships, cope with change), but you haven't defined it as such.
    Would you consider that the first principle of mental health is that it is "a composite of soul and body" and not based on pure material and empirical methods? In other words, there is an immaterial component to mental health. Modern Psychology has done away with the Immaterial Soul in the human person and has rather capitalized on psychology as "pure empiricism"; do you not see this as tragic, I ask you?  

  16. Mental Health is not easy to define. We need to be active, socialized, involved. We know our issues; we know we can work to train themselves out of our deficits but where do we find the motivation when our emotions tell us all is hopeless, we have no energy, we do not fit in life? Mental illness is a lonely place, a place of thinking too much, of self-destruction, internal "talk", rehearsing a yet to  take place conversation. To combat motivation is a tough problem. The strategy of using Peer Support Workers (professionally accredited) in the community to "befriend" those with mental illness and, after hospital discharge, is slowly entering into our jargon, a "buzz" word but it is slow to happen.  Let it happen.

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  18. Mental Health is concisely to be define because every one want to appreciate good health,and approaching to do this one can struggle to having mental disorders respectively during its act.However we can only list out variables of mental health approach. 1 Assumption for Responsibilities. And what are this responsibilities – Ability to be productive to give back to the community,Getting a steady jobs,Interpersonal Relationship,Transmission of affection or Love,Ability to maintain Emotional Stabilities, To possess strength to withstand stress, Stress inherent in our day to day living without due physical,and psychological discomfort.

  19. Thank you you have no idea how much you helped me i wish the best luck.

  20. Excellent video

  21. Great Video.. By the three things is that are affected is this Cognitive, affective and relational?

  22. Awesome… thanx alot

  23. Thank you Dr. Condra!

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  25. Excellent video. We need more awareness to the general public and give sufferers more options. Only Ugly Solutions, finding happiness

  26. True. You could argue that everything is a cultural construct though.

  27. I love this video! So interesting and nice doodling !!

  28. informative

  29. great video

  30. Thank you, it is very informative and understandable

  31. I like your drawings

  32. A mental health professional is a lowlife boor who slaps denunciatory labels on anyone he does not approve of. Since having a degree in a mental health discipline immunizes the holder from mental illness, we can eliminate all ME by getting degrees in psych occupations. It won't matter that there will be no engineers, oil producers, computer scientists, food producers, ophthalmologists or ocean transportation workers—we'll enjoy "clinical mental health," the be-all and end-all of existence.

  33. thanx

  34. This seems about accurate

  35. I think this is the best video I've seen so fare that breaks it down into manageable prices as to what mental health is. Thanks

  36. awesome 🙂

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