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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