Mental Health and Quality Of Life

Mental Health and Quality Of Life

More than seven million Australians have suffered mental health problems, and one in five will experience mental health difficulties in their life that is according to a report released by National Mental Health Commission (NMHC), Australia. The report reveals that Australians don’t feel comfortable talking about their mental health.

Mental health refers to how you perceive yourself, how you deal with people in your life, how you handle life and living, and how you address your emotional response. In other words, well-being of your mind and brain is your mental health. You may be free from clinical depression, dementia, stress or anxiety but if you do not have positive vibes inside you, then you are not having good mental health. Pessimism is bad for your mental health.  

If you have good mental health you can control your emotions and social behavior, develop strong relationship, face challenges in life, survive hard times, and become a responsible individual. Mental health is as important as physical health to live a happy and contented life.

The signs of bad mental health includes: low self-esteem, feeling lonely, sad, dejected; having sadism or self-destructive thoughts, pessimism, sleeping disorder, excessive smoking and drinking, or using drugs; feeling low, stressed, dejected, inability to face difficulties, mot being able to concentrate, and viewing life as a meaningless event.

The signs of good mental health includes: high self-esteem, feeling happy and contented; enthusiasm for life and living, full of positive vibes, balanced personal and professional life; engaged in healthy lifestyle, living life in fullest,  ability to build strong relationship, knack to learn new things,  and willing to face challenges in life.

The quality of life means emotional wellbeing and life evaluation. It is generally used to determine welfare of societies or individuals. Quality of life does not necessarily deal with standard of living or economical well-being, but rather indicates physical and mental health, subjective life satisfaction, education, and social well-being. Cultural/social anthropologist and development organizations use quality of life indicator to assess development, health, politics, freedom, human rights, happiness, and general wellbeing of individuals and societies.

To determine quality of life, surveys are carried where respondents are asked about their emotional experiences (love, happiness, sadness, anger, and stress) and life and living (life expectancy, education, health, social responsibilities etc.) The most common quality of life measurement is Human Development Index published by United Nations Development Program, which is used by economists and politicians to assess livability of countries.

Human Development Index published by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) measures quality of life in members and non member countries by analysing life expectancy, education, per capita income, standard of living, purchasing power parity, and gross domestic product for capita.

Happy Planet Index introduced by the New Economics Foundation also measures human well-being and environmental impact. Human well-being is not measured by possession of material goods. Happy Planet Index is based on the idea that the main objective of human being is to improve quality of life (becoming happy and living a healthy, long and fulfilling life) and not to be rich. Happy Planet Index does not consider economy and development, but measures subjective life satisfaction, experienced well-being, life expectancy and ecological footprint.

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