March 3, 2021


Introducing Better Health in 90! Kinetiq Health has started a new series to bring you health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.

This month we’re focusing on mental health, a phrase we’ve heard countless times over the past year. But do you really know what all encompasses mental health? In the first Better Health in 90 video, Sarah Michaels, RN sets the record straight about the differences between mental health and mental illness.

Read on for more information!

Mental Health or Mental Illness?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “mental health?”

Often, we aren’t actually thinking of aspects of mental health but instead aspects of mental illness. Mental health and mental illness seem to have become interchangeable phrases in our society, however, there are big differences between the two concepts.

According to the Mayo Clinic, mental illness refers to a mental health disorder or condition that affects your mood, thinking and behavior over two weeks or longer. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.

Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, eating and addictive disorders.

Mental health can often be described as “mental fitness.” Think of physical fitness for your mind! Mental health gets a bad reputation, but it can also mean positive benefits such as the ability to focus, relieve stress and overall happiness.

Positive mental health takes practice and consistency (just like exercise!) to stay in a positive state of mind. Engaging in physical activity, meditating, journaling and calling a friend are all good ways to practice and improve mental health.

Mental illness and mental health should be thought of as two different terms with very different definitions. In the month of March, the Kinetiq Health team will be focused on the topic of mental health, which includes mental illness.

Stay tuned for more mental health discussions on the upcoming Wednesdays!

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Sarah Michaels , RN

Director of Kinetiq Health
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