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There are a few young people who understand what mental health is. Others don’t understand.
(Mpumalanga, Female 18-25)
Masiviwe - struggling to cope

What is Mental health? Mental health includes our emotional, mental, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. Mental health is about how we manage our emotions.. Having good mental health doesn’t mean being happy all the time. Life is challenging for many of us: we face unemployment, poverty and hardship. When we take care of our mental health, we are better able to cope with the stresses of daily life, manage our emotions and make healthy choices.

We all know about how important it is to take care of our physical health. It’s the same with mental health. It is important to understand how to stay mentally healthy. Poor mental health and having a mental health condition are not always the same thing.