The Basics: Mental Health & The Brain

The Basics: Mental Health & The Brain


What is mental health?

The term mental health gets thrown around a lot these days. Well, what does it actually mean? According to the World Health Organization, mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It impacts how we handle stressful situations, relate to others, and make effective choices.
**Strengthening Mental Health Promotion External. Fact sheet no. 220. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization.

Helpful Patterns

You are not alone

Did you know that 1 in 5 teens struggle with mental health issues?
** Reports and studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Imagine your 25-person math class for a minute. This statistic suggests that 4 other students are also struggling with similar issues. In fact, more than 50% of people will be diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lifetime.


The Adolescent Brain

For some teens, it is helpful to understand how the brain functions. Did you know that the human brain does not fully develop until around 25 years old? This means that while teens are being asked to juggle academics, extra-curriculars, and the social pressures of being a teenager, your brains are not fully developed.

Main Causes

Causes of Psychiatric Disorders

Mental health issues are not the result of a character flaw or the way you were brought up. Many factors such as biology, genetics, and environment contribute to the development of mental illness.