What Is Mental Health?

Mental health is defined by the dictionary as "a person's condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being."

But that's pretty broad. What is it really?

Mental health, according to the titular governmental website, has to do with our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

"It affects how we think, feel, and act," MentalHealth.gov states. "It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices."

Mental health affects us every day and at every part of our life.

Many things can contribute to our mental health, such as biological factors from our gene or brain chemistry, life experiences like trauma, and familial history.

Mental health problems are common, and we at Her Campus Clark hope our week of Mental Health Awareness has brought that to light.

There is help though. It is available from doctors, counselors, websites, and phone lines.