What is Mental Health? with Dr. Mike Condra

Let’s talk – join Dr. Mike Condra, Queen’s University’s Director of Health, Counselling & Disability Services for an infomative video presentation about mental health and mental illness. This animated video presents practical information about the fundamentals of mental health and mental illness.

Visit www.bewell-dowell.org or www.queenus.ca/hcds for more resources.


37 Comments on “What is Mental Health? with Dr. Mike Condra”

  1. Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of mental illness.

    It is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".

    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.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health includes "subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter-generational dependence, and self-actualization of one's intellectual and emotional potential, among others."

    The 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.

    Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how "mental health" is defined.

    A widely accepted definition of health by mental health specialists is psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud's definition: the capacity "to work and to love".

  2. Its not the ppl its the cistem and when someone does not fit in to your matrix its mental u r the dysfunctional 1ns making $ out of other ppls misery never have u cured anyone or will… sadness is part of life 🙂

  3. What happens when you reach 0% mental health? When you 'lose your mind', i think its a breakdown right? What then? I been to losing my mental health because i was bullied, luckly, never had a breakdown.. I heard you just lose your mind and just fight randomly. Id like to know what happens, that topic seems interesting.

  4. I am a British citizen living in Melbourne Australia. I had had a perfect history till my ex husband Royston Wilding wanted to steal millions from an estate he was executor for (see Supreme Court Case Kantor Vs Wilding 2005, Melbourne). I exposed him and had to go. He stalked me non stopped, shockingly abused my daughters including sexual then tried to Dr Johannes K.L Khor to get me a CTO!…..bribed I assumed or recorded while offering a bribe then blackmailed….. Just as I had found the Supreme Court Case and this doctor faked sectioning forms (and many many other documents and soon going to court) and got me an involuntary order and DRUGGED.They soon saw I did not need to be there but damage done including permanent eye damage. I was doing a civil case to but my bribed lawyer John Alexander O'Brien destroyed this and I ENDED UP THE CRIMINAL FOR YELLING AT MY STALKER.
    FUCK YOUR CTOs but I never got one

  5. Dr. Condra, you still have not defined what IS mental health: you described what we must do to acquire mental health or rather gave a descriptive account on what is mental health: (productivity, healthy relationships, cope with change), but you haven't defined it as such.
    Would you consider that the first principle of mental health is that it is "a composite of soul and body" and not based on pure material and empirical methods? In other words, there is an immaterial component to mental health. Modern Psychology has done away with the Immaterial Soul in the human person and has rather capitalized on psychology as "pure empiricism"; do you not see this as tragic, I ask you?  

  6. Mental Health is not easy to define. We need to be active, socialized, involved. We know our issues; we know we can work to train themselves out of our deficits but where do we find the motivation when our emotions tell us all is hopeless, we have no energy, we do not fit in life? Mental illness is a lonely place, a place of thinking too much, of self-destruction, internal "talk", rehearsing a yet to  take place conversation. To combat motivation is a tough problem. The strategy of using Peer Support Workers (professionally accredited) in the community to "befriend" those with mental illness and, after hospital discharge, is slowly entering into our jargon, a "buzz" word but it is slow to happen.  Let it happen.

  7. Mental Health is concisely to be define because every one want to appreciate good health,and approaching to do this one can struggle to having mental disorders respectively during its act.However we can only list out variables of mental health approach. 1 Assumption for Responsibilities. And what are this responsibilities – Ability to be productive to give back to the community,Getting a steady jobs,Interpersonal Relationship,Transmission of affection or Love,Ability to maintain Emotional Stabilities, To possess strength to withstand stress, Stress inherent in our day to day living without due physical,and psychological discomfort.

  8. Functionality is never determined by conformity or subjugation.
    This is a scientific fact. Clinical Psychology is the Science of Fascism, not the mind.
    The only disability that exists are human created labels that are used to punish people and limit their social mobility.
    This is to do either their reactions to abuse in order to stop it [protecting oneself or resisting being controlled is called "psychosis"] or because people act different in non-harmful ways.
    Shame on all supporters.

  9. A mental health professional is a lowlife boor who slaps denunciatory labels on anyone he does not approve of. Since having a degree in a mental health discipline immunizes the holder from mental illness, we can eliminate all ME by getting degrees in psych occupations. It won't matter that there will be no engineers, oil producers, computer scientists, food producers, ophthalmologists or ocean transportation workers—we'll enjoy "clinical mental health," the be-all and end-all of existence.

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