The difference between mental health and mental illness

Upset man, is he mentally ill or just poor mental health?

Too many times, people are getting mental health and mental illness around the wrong way. Or they might assume they are the same thing. Yet they are very different, and I am going to explain how.

What is mental health?

Mental health is something everyone has, just like physical health. It covers what state our mind is in, how we are thinking, feeling and reacting to situations and ourselves. At different times of our life, our mental health will vary from high to low. If we have high or good mental health, we will be approaching life with a positive mindset. Our relationships will be healthy, and will be tackling life’s challenges in good ways. But if our mental health is low, or bad, all of these things won’t be ideal. We will be negative, and our relationships will be having problems. We also are unlikely to be dealing with problems in ways we should.

Most people will vary from good to bad mental health during their lives.


What is mental illness?

Mental illness is a mental health disorder. The World Health Organisation stated that roughly 1 in 4 people will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life. Mental illness is generally longer lasting and symptoms are more intense, compared to bad mental health. The symptoms themselves vary depending on the type of illness, of which there are many.

Poor mental health can lead to, or be the result of a mental illness. Though some people can have good mental health but still be mentally ill. Likewise, your mental illness could be minor but you can still have poor mental health. Other causes of mental illness are abuse and/or trauma, abnormal brain activity or chemistry. There is also a lot of evidence that it can passed on through your genes.

You can be happy and mentally ill, or sad and not mentally ill.
You can be happy and still have a mental illness. You can also be sad and not be mentally ill.

Why is it important to distinguish the two terms?

Stigma and general understanding. Lets pretend Bob has poor mental health, but no mental illness. But Bob gets confused and thinks that he is mentally ill. Bob will be recovering fast from his poor mental health, which will lead his friends to assume everyone with a mental illness can get over it just as easy as Bob. This of course can lead to poor advice to other sufferers. Furthermore, Bobs friends would have seen how Bob was with his ‘illness’, and identified that with everyone else they know. Thus incorrectly leading them to the conclusion that everyone get mentally ill.

Even people who should know better, get it wrong. Some who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, are claiming that everyone gets mentally ill. In a support group I help monitor, someone asked if this was true. To my horror, about 80% of replies said that it is!!!

What else might happen if Bob and others like him, claim they are mentally ill? Well, someone who has an illness, might get frustrated because they are not recovering. They might not understand that Bob is not actually mentally ill.

Summery

Mental health is something everyone has . It varies depending on our surroundings and circumstances. Poor mental health is not alarming and doesn’t take much to recover from. Mental illness is a medical condition that only a quarter of people get, is dependent on traumatic events or relationships, and/or our biology. A mental illness is a serious issue that can take a long time (if at all) to fully recover from.

You can have poor mental health, a mental illness, or both. Mixing up the two can cause a lot of confusion and increased stigma.

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What Is SFM and Can It Help Me?

Working from home with SFM, can improve your lifestyle and mental health

You may have noticed the tab at the top of this site – “SFM – Start Here”. In short, its a genuine opportunity to change your lifestyle. With some hard work, you can have more time, money and freedom. Perhaps you have already clicked on the tab and have worked out what it is. If not, here is an unbiased and honest review based on my experiences so far.

What is it?
Six Figure Mentors (SFM) provides training for online marketing. This enables you to market your own products, or someone else’s. This is all done via a blog like this one, and/or social media. You do not need a background or any knowledge in marketing or technology, as all training is provided.

What are the benefits to the mentally ill? SFM can be ideal for someone who struggles with depression and/or anxiety. You take charge and become your own boss, so you set your own work hours and habits. But you won’t have any problems with clients, workmates or superiors. This while giving you more time and freedom and money, to create a better lifestyle. But there is something even more important to me. That is that a lot of people have to look at their mental state and make positive changes. This not only helps you become more disciplined with your work, but other aspects of your life too. You are also encouraged by the SFM team, to discover your passions and life purpose. Once you find these, you can build a business around them. This will create an even more rewarding work life, and in turn improve your mental health.

Take what I am doing, mental illness. Helping other people who are mentally ill like myself, its my passion and my purpose. Doing this gives me an opportunity to find helpful resources from around the world. These will hopefully help you, my followers, manage your depression/anxiety. Knowing that I am helping a lot of people in need, makes my soul happy, and I find it easier to deal with my mental struggles.

Spend less time working, more time with loved ones.
Working online creates the opportunity to spend less time working, and more time with the people you love, doing things you love!

Whats the catch? Most members of the Six Figure Mentors think this, when we first see it advertised. We think its probably a scam, its a get rich quick scheme or its a pyramid scheme. There are ill informed people out there who have wrote articles claiming its something dodgy. But there is also a lot of articles saying SFM is safe. After researching, I decided that the articles promoting SFM made more sense than the others. I signed up and thankfully found out that SFM is indeed safe. Now that I have been an SFM member for 9 months, I can safely explain why I know its not a scam or any other dodgy scheme. Keep an eye out for Part Two – What SFM isn’t, which will be coming to you this Saturday!

For now, here is a list of Pro’s and Cons!

Most members of the Six Figure Mentors think this, when we first see it advertised. We think its probably a scam, its a get rich quick scheme or its a pyramid scheme. There are ill informed people out there who have wrote articles claiming its something dodgy. But there is also a lot of articles saying SFM is safe. After researching, I decided that the articles promoting SFM made more sense than the others. I signed up and thankfully found out that SFM is indeed safe. Now that I have been an SFM member for 9 months, I can safely explain why I know its not a scam or any other dodgy scheme. Keep an eye out for Part Two – What SFM isn’t, which will be coming to you this Saturday!

For now, here is a list of Pro’s and Cons!

PRO’S

  • A genuine way to change your lifestyle for the better.
  • Knowledgeable staff and supportive members.
  • An exclusive community where you can interact with other members, start working groups, and find accountability partners.
  • Access to thousands of free training programs and ability to create your own.
  • Proven results for those who work for it.
  • Money back guarantee.
  • No contracts or early termination fees.

CONS

  • Price is not cheap compared to similar companies.
  • No guarantee of success, most people have to be committed to improving their mental state.
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Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In A Lockdown Part One.

Woman happy while stuck at home

As a lot of the world are going into lockdowns, with many more in isolation, how can we use this time to better our mental health? Especially with a pandemic causing stress levels to sky rocket.

I would like to share my thoughts on 3 things I am doing, things I believe everyone should be trying to do with their free time.

1, Block of things out of my control
Whats happening outside our homes right now, nearly all of it we cannot control. Whether or not I catch this virus? Well the only thing I can do is be vigilant if I do go out, and stay home as much as possible. My job and financial security? Again not a lot I can do right now. Its very scary I know, but we all need to focus on things we CAN change, which brings me to #2 and #3.

2, Work on my mental health in the morning
I am using my sudden free time to work on my mental health. In November I read a book that I highly recommend called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. The main point is so important, we need to be doing a bunch of things first thing in the morning, to give your day a kick start. I am working with a lot of leaders who are saying similar things. So I really suggest you read the book to find out what the 6 things are.

I have been trying this and it actually makes a difference. If you have a productive and positive first hour or so, that is more likely to continue for the rest of the day !

3, Have some fun!
We all need some fun in our lives to counter all the stress, especially now. But it will help us in the long run too. I want you all to think of some things that you love doing, topics you are passionate about. Then, incorporate this as much as you can into your life. A few years ago I combined 3 passions of mine (Mental illness awareness, football/soccer and world records). I made a plan to break a football world record to raise money and awareness for mental illness. Last March I finally attempted a record and now I am a world record holder. In June I decided that helping people was so important to me, that I started this blog. Now, I have become admin of a support group. This helps get me through the day, knowing I have helped people through some dark times. It makes my soul happy. Your passions are so powerful and can help you do big things. Don’t waste that.

Die-cast cars which I have remembered my love for!
I have recently rediscovered my love of die-cast cars. My niece also loves them, so I am building her a racing track so we can race them like I loved to do as a young boy.

We should use our hobbies and passions to create fulfillment and purpose. Then we can take that purpose and have our lifestyle revolve around it. A lot of us will need to make a big change with our working lives. If we look for jobs that align with our purpose and take part in hobbies that we are passionate about, then we can actually enjoy our work as well as our play.

We should use our hobbies and passions to create fulfillment and purpose. Then we can take that purpose and have our lifestyle revolve around it. A lot of us will need to make a big change with our working lives. If we look for jobs that align with our purpose and take part in hobbies that we are passionate about, then we can actually enjoy our work as well as our play.

Our immediate future looks ominous if we don’t use this time wisely Soon we will re-enter the world which will not be in a good state, how we deal with it could depend on how well we dealt with our time off. The next few weeks could really define our next few years, do not waste this opportunity to make the best of a bad situation.

Stay tuned for part 2 where I will suggest 3 more ways we can improve our mental health while stuck at home.

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