Hearsay about people with mental illness admitted to hospital are more sane than the general population who are not within the hospital grounds. I am amused. The notion seems like a joke, on second thoughts it can be logically true.

How so? Being mentally healthy indicates the presence of positive characteristics. I think I need help as I cannot cope, I feel depressed and suicidal, I act upon my knowledge and choose to be admitted into a mental health facility to seek treatment, to get better. I am mentally ill but kind of mentally healthy.

What is good mental health?

Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as “an individual (who) realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” With good mental health, the individual is in a state of being healthy, in short mental health wellness.

What is Wellness?

Wellness is positive and affirming. It evolves from an active, self-directed process Contentmentthrough which you and I become aware of and make choices towards our existence. A step further is realizing fully our potential. Like physical health and fitness, we need to build our mental resilience to achieve the state of being healthy. Wellness is multidimensional and holistic. The Six Dimensions of Wellness developed by Dr. Bill Hettler consists of six aspects: Emotional, Occupational, Physical, Social, Intellectual and Spiritual.

The question is what is our mental fitness? Are we anywhere close to mental wellness?