A while ago I wrote a post about my frustration with some of the current mental health advertising I’ve seen. I know that there is a huge opportunity to do better when talking about mental health and ways to advance the conversation about maintaining good mental health. In the posting I made a promise to look into things further and report back.
In keeping with that commitment, I connected with a brilliant mental health expert. We had a great conversation and she provided some valuable insights into the new language of mental wellness. Her advice was to look into tools that address a “mental wellness check in” which are available from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
The outcome… I looked. The result… she was completely right! (Yes, I know that’s why she’s an expert)
CMHA has an excellent tool called the Mental Health Meter. If you visit their website the first thing you’ll notice is that they recognize right up front that measuring your mental health is not as easy as measuring your physical health. The good news is that they are making it easier with their online tool. I just used the tool and I like that they have categories such as: ability to enjoy life.
There is still a long way to go when it comes to changing the language around mental wellness, but the good news is that agencies such as CMHA and the Public Health Agency of Canada are working to evolve how we speak about this important topic.
Positive mental health is “the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity”