Today, the concept of mental health gets plenty of attention in the media and in conversations among people. You’ll hear commentators talk about a mental health crisis, elected officials discuss the needs to provide mental health services, and opinions that tragedies could have been prevented if only our society was willing to address mental health.
So what exactly is this thing called “mental health”? Gather a dozen psychology professors in a room, and you’ll probably hear two dozen definitions, most of which will be fairly convoluted and very complicated.
We’ve sat in those professors’ classrooms, and while we have the utmost respect for their knowledge, we think of mental health in a different way.
To us life is a miracle. It’s a gift that should fill each of us with joy. We want you to greet every morning with eager expectation and your last waking thoughts to be filled with appreciation for what the day provided.
The reality is that life isn’t all sunshine and roses. We all face a variety of trials and challenges. Each day, we’re presented with situations that could lead to a wide range of outcomes, and how we react and respond has profound effects on how we feel.
We see being mentally healthy as knowing joy in the midst of life’s most difficult challenges. It’s not that you can’t be sad, or angry, or anxious. Those are normal human emotions. Mental health means those emotions don’t control your responses. They don’t take over your life, keep you from doing what you love, or make you dread what you face every day.
Having “mental health” means being able to have difficult conversations without compromising who you are and what’s important to you. It involves knowing that you have worth as a person. It means knowing that you can love others and are worthy of receiving their love in return. It centers upon understanding that your life has a purpose and living in harmony with that purpose.
If you want to feel that way, but find yourself struggling with overwhelming anxiety, frustration, sadness, or an inability to find joy in the activities that once made life wonderful, maybe it’s time to find some help. That’s why we’re here.
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