Mental Health

Mental health, as defined by the CDC, refers to a state of well-being in which an individual recognizes his or her own abilities to cope with the stresses of day to day life, work productivity, and contribute to his or her community.

Three Domains of Mental Health

Emotional Well-being—refers to one’s perceived life satisfaction, happiness, and peacefulness

Psychological Well-being—refers to one’s self-acceptance, personal growth, optimism, self-direction, and ability to make and maintain positive relationships.

 Social Well-being—refers to social acceptance among peers, colleagues, and community

How to Maintain a Healthy Mentality

  • Take care of yourself.
    • Eat a well-balanced meal
    • Exercise daily
    • Get plenty of rest
  • Give yourself a break when you feel overwhelmed or stressed out
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. Using drugs and other substances may increase the stress or feelings of anxiety that you experience.
  • Talk to others. Sharing your problems and feelings may help you cope with your distress.
  • Recognize when you need help. If you have recurring thoughts of distress or suicide, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800)-273-8255

For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control here. For more mental health resources offered at the University of Miami, please visit the Counseling Center.


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