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What does mental health have to do with well-being?

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posted 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.

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Preferred citation

Keller, S. (2019). What does mental health have to do with well-being? Bioethics, 34(3), 228-234. https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12702

Journal title

Bioethics

Volume

34

Issue

3

Publication date

01/01/2019

Pagination

228-234

Publisher

Wiley

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

29/11/2019

ISSN

0269-9702

eISSN

1467-8519

Language

en