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Good mental health is the foundation of personal well-being. When a person’s mental health is in good condition, they are able to tolerate temporary anxiety, act in changing circumstances and face the difficulties that are an inevitable part of life. 

Mental health is promoted by many factors, such as physical health, secure relationships and a supportive growing environment. Social factors, such as the possibility of getting an education and finding work, as well as the values and atmosphere of the surrounding society, such as the ability tolerate people who are different, are important for mental health.  

Examples of factors that put a strain on mental health include poverty and falling out of society, various crises such as break-ups and losses as well as bad relationships. If the strain grows too heavy, it may lead to a mental disorder.  

A mental disorder is a medical term that refers to a diagnosable illness. A mental disorder can impact a person’s thoughts, emotions and behaviour as well as their ability to work, function in daily life and interact with other people.   

Mental health issues are a wider concept that includes, in addition to mental disorders, various mental health problems that do not qualify as a disorder in their symptoms or severity.    

It is important to note that different cultures have different ideas of mental health and mental disorders. These ideas have also varied throughout history. The information on this website is based on western psychiatry and psychology as well as up-to-date research information on mental health disorders.  

Recognising a mental disorder is not simple. Many symptoms are temporary. Sometimes our mental health is put under more strain, and experiencing temporary emotional pain in difficult circumstances is completely normal. However, it is important to recognise mental disorders and get the appropriate treatment for them.  

It is good to learn to recognise the symptoms of mental disorders in order to know when to seek help or help a loved one get the treatment they need. However, it also is important to keep in mind that only a doctor can diagnose a person.   

Our website contains information on different mental disorders, such as depression, various phobias and bipolar disorder, as well as information on where to get help and support for your mental health .  Mental Health First Aid 2® course provides the participants with information on mental disorders and tools for approaching and talking with people who are dealing with mental health issues.