What is Emotional and Mental Health?


When your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.  Jack Kornfield

If you are wondering about your own or your child's mental health, you may want to consider the following qualities and skills that characterize a healthy person:

  • The ability to enjoy life, relax and laugh

  • Flexibility in your thinking, actions and how you respond to others

  • The ability to have satisfying and safe relationships

  • Knowing what you are feeling and how you can regulate your emotions so they don’t become unbearable or unmanageable

  • A healthy and compassionate relationship with yourself

  • A stable identity that does not depend on the approval of others.

  • Connection to a sense of meaning and to something greater than yourself

  • Resiliency:  the ability to bounce back from adversity

  • Absence of self- harming habits

  • Feeling at peace more often than not

  • Ability to feel strongly and think logically at the same time.