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Building Better Mental Health

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Your mental health influences how you think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships.

Strong mental health isn’t just the absence of mental health problems.

Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Rather than the absence of mental illness, mental health refers to the presence of positive characteristics.

People who are mentally healthy have:

  • A sense of contentment.

  • A zest for living and the ability to laugh and have fun.

  • The ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity.

  • A sense of meaning and purpose, in both their activities and their relationships.

  • The flexibility to learn new skills and adapt to change.

  • A balance between work and play, rest and activity, etc.

  • The ability to build and maintain fulfilling relationships.

  • Self-confidence and high self-esteem.

The relationship between resilience and mental health

Having good mental health does not imply that you will never have unpleasant moments or have emotional problems. We all experience disappointment, loss, and change.

Even while they are natural aspects of life, they can create grief, anxiety, and tension. Individuals with great mental health, on the other hand, are more able to recover from adversity, trauma, and stress, just as physically fit people are better able to recover from disease or injury. This skill is known as resilience.

People who are emotionally and psychologically resilient have the ability to cope with adversity while retaining a good attitude. They maintain their concentration, flexibility, and productivity in both good and difficult times.

Whether you’re looking to cope with a specific mental health problem, handle your emotions better, or simply to feel more positive and energetic, there are plenty of ways to take control of your mental health—starting today.

How to boost your mental health

Anyone can suffer from mental or emotional health issues, and most of us will do so at some point in our lives. This year alone, about one in every five of us will be diagnosed with a diagnosable mental illness. Nonetheless, despite the prevalence of mental health issues, many of us make little attempt to better our circumstances.

We ignore the emotional cues that something is wrong and try to brazen it out by diverting ourselves or self-medicating with drink, drugs, or self-destructive activities. We bury our issues in the belief that no one would notice. We are hopeful that our position will improve on its own. Or we simply give up, convincing ourselves that this is "just the way we are."

The good news is that you don't have to feel guilty about it. There are techniques you may do to improve your mood, become more resilient, and have more fun in life.

But, just as physical health necessitates work, mental health necessitates effort as well. We have to work harder these days to maintain healthy mental health since there are so many ways in which life may harm our emotional well-being.

Why we often neglect our mental health needs

Even in today’s advanced world, many of us are often reluctant—or unable—to address our mental health needs. This can stem from a variety of reasons, including:

  • In some societies, mental and emotional issues are seen as less legitimate than physical issues. They’re seen as a sign of weakness or somehow as being our own fault.

  • Some people mistakenly see mental health problems as something we should know how to “snap out of.” Men, especially, would often rather bottle up their feelings than seek help.

  • In our fast-paced world, we’re obsessed with seeking quick, simple answers to complex problems. We look for connection with others by compulsively checking social media instead of reaching out to people in the real world, for example. Or to boost our mood and ease depression, we’d rather pop a pill rather tackle the underlying issues.

  • Many people think that if they do seek help for mental and emotional problems, the only treatment options available are medication (which comes with unwanted side effects) or therapy (which can be lengthy and expensive). The truth is that, whatever your issues, there are steps you can take to improve the way you feel and experience greater mental and emotional well-being. And you can start today!

When to seek professional help

If you’ve made consistent efforts to improve your mental and emotional health and still aren’t functioning optimally at home, work, or in your relationships, it may be time to seek professional help. Following these self-help steps will still benefit you however dealing with physical wounds and addressing emotional discomfort, psychological wounds is an extremely big problem in any crisis. Psychosocial skills that are learned allow people to care for and support one another, which is what psychological first aid attempts to solve.

This facilitates the formation of stronger relationships and peer support in both crucial emergency circumstances and everyday situations at home, in schools, workplaces, and in the community.

SGFIRSTAID added psychological first aid in order to empower more people to cope with the physical and emotional aspect of first aid.

So far, SGFIRSTAID have taught over thousands of people from both corporate and individual organizations in all aspect of first aid and we hope this course, it will help even more people.

We can be a more resilient community to overcome adversity if more people in the community are equipped with physical and psychological first aid skills. First aid and psychological first aid are essential components of the national SGSecure campaign.

The 100% online Psychological First Aid Course is the globally recommended training for supporting people during emergencies.

This is in line with our goal of nurturing a community of trained responders, so that timely physical and psychological first aid can be rendered to the family, neighbours, colleagues or those in one’s neighbourhood, before professional help arrives.

We hope that more individuals will volunteer to learn first aid and psychological first aid, and that they will encourage their families and peers to do the same in order to make our country more prepared and resilient.

The course itself is training grants and Skills Future Credit eligible.

To find out more about Psychological First Aid,

Do contact us at

Tel: 62978123

WhatsApp: 86715681

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