Youth and Mental Health 101

Mental health: Definitions and use of language

The mental health continuum



There are many degrees of “mental wellness,” and mental health and mental illness are not opposing conditions. Many people affected by a mental illness can have positive mental well-being, while others may feel that day-to-day life is a struggle. They may feel that they are unsuccessful or alone, and they may experience life’s setbacks more deeply, whether or not they have been diagnosed with a mental illness.1


Continuum model of mental health

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1. MHCC, 2009