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Emotional health

Emotional health is a state of positive psychological functioning. It can be thought of as an extension of mental health; it's the 'optimal functioning' end of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that make up both our inner and outer worlds.

It includes an overall experience of wellness in what we think, feel, and do through both the highs and lows of life.

Healthy mind

Mental health is 'a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community'.

Positive psychology is based on the study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It focuses on the strengths and virtues that enables individuals, communities and organisations to thrive.

Positive psychology shifts the focus from ‘what’s the problem?’ to addressing ‘what’s going well?'

The Positive Psychology Centre uses the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within them and to enhance their experiences that they have.

The major aims of positive psychology are:

  • rise to life challenges, make most of set backs and adversity
  • engage and relate to other people
  • find fulfillment in creativity and productivity
  • look beyond oneself and help others to find lasting meaning, satisfaction, and wisdom.

Tips for a healthy headspace


This is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. For more information visit MoodGym.


ReachOut provides practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times.

Mental fitness

Good mental health is about living life in a satisfying way, coping with life's challenges both big and small, managing the stress of school and work, and maintaining your own mental wellbeing. Visit mental fitness for further information.

Self care

Find out what kind of self care is right for you by taking this quiz.