Mental Health

What is mental health?

Just as life isn’t black and white; our mental health isn’t black or white. Rather, it is on a spectrum.

Most of the time, if we are lucky, we are in a state of good mental health. This means we are relatively confident; we connect with our emotions and engage with the world around us; we can cope with stress, changes, and uncertainties in life; and work and live productively. However, it is completely normal for our mental health to fluctuate. For instance, when we face life stress or physical issues, we may experience a range of emotions and thoughts. Physical signs like sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, aches and pains, or fatigue may arise. Our lifestyle and behaviour may also change. It is possible to maintain or return to a state of good mental health, with the help of healthy coping strategies. 

If we are not of our mental health and do things to maintain good mental health, symptoms may worsen or become chronic. Not prioritising our mental health increases the risk of us developing a diagnosable mental health condition. However, with appropriate treatment and support, individuals with diagnosed conditions can recover and return to a state of good mental health.

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Mental Health in Hong Kong

1 in 7

people are experiencing a common mental health disorder at any given time in Hong Kong (Lam et al., 2015).

Visit Mind HK's webpage on 'Mental Health in Hong Kong' here.