What does mental health have to do with well-being?
journal contributionposted on 31.08.2021, 23:13 by Simon KellerSimon Keller
Positive mental health involves not the absence of mental disorder but rather the presence of certain mental goods. Institutions, practitioners, and theorists often identify positive mental health with well-being. There are strong reasons, however, to keep the concepts of well-being and positive mental health separate. Someone with high positive mental health can have low well-being, someone with high well-being can have low positive mental health, and well-being and positive mental health sometimes conflict. But, while positive mental health and well-being are not identical, there is an informative conceptual connection between them. Positive mental health usually contributes instrumentally to the living of a good human life, where a good human life includes (but is not limited to) well-being.