Mental health has become a hot topic as of late, and as a result I’ve noticed a positive shift in the way many people view and talk about mental health. However, it’s certainly a complex issue and there are still many misconceptions about mental illness, mental wellness and the huge spectrum in between. For caregivers, be it a family/friend caregiver or staff working in a care setting, monitoring one’s own mental health should be top of mind.
The World Health Organization defines overall health as being comprised of mental, physical and social wellbeing. Many people associate “being healthy” with only the physical component, perhaps not considering the other two pieces of the pie. Although we can divide health into these three separate pieces, they all interact with one another an