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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder;<ref name=About>About.com (2006, July 25). What is Mental Health?. Retrieved June 1, 2007, from About.com</ref> it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".<ref name=Princeton>Princeton University. Retrieved May 4, 2014, from [ordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=mental+health&sub=Search+WordNet&o2=&o0=1&o8=1&o1=1&o7=&o5=&o9=&o6=&o3=&o4=&h= Princeton.edu]</ref> From the perspective of positive psychology or holism, mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.<ref name=About/> According to World Health Organization (WHO) mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others."<ref name="WHO">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> WHO further states that the well-being of an individual is encompassed in the realization of their abilities, coping with normal stresses of life, productive work and contribution to their community.<ref name="WHO factsheet">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> However, cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how "mental health" is defined.<ref name=WHO/>

A person struggling with his or her mental/behavioral health may face stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, addiction, ADHD or learning disabilities, mood disorders, or other psychological concerns.<ref>http://captus.samhsa.gov/prevention-practice/prevention-and-behavioral-health/behavioral-health-lens-prevention/1</ref><ref name="Kitchener, BA 2002, p 5">Kitchener, BA & Jorm, AF, 2002, Mental Health First Aid Manual. Centre for Mental Health Research, Canberra.. p 5</ref> Counselors, therapists, life coaches, psychologists, nurse practitioners or physicians can help manage behavioral health concerns with treatments such as therapy, counseling, or medication. The new field of global mental health is "the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving mental health and achieving equity in mental health for all people worldwide".<ref name=Patel>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>

Some mental health clinics are now identified by the phrase behavioral wellness.


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