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

The best way to optimize mental health is through your own initiative. Prevention, as they say, is the best way to avoid having to seek mental health services. We have all heard it before. Eat healthy, get some exercise, do some volunteer work if you have the time. Look after your spiritual life, which is also part of giving to your community. Families can offer support which can head off future mental health issues.

The last is important but often neglected by time restraints and lack of information about where to find a suitable and compatible place to achieve some peace and relaxation.

Therapists aren’t the last resort but when problem solving is overwhelming, depression is hanging on too long, or spirits from the past intrude excessively in the present, it may be time to speak with a counselor.