Characteristics of Mental Health
Understanding the characteristics that make up good mental health will help you determine how mentally fit you are. Here are some real-life examples:
Ability to enjoy life You’ve just become engaged. You join your friends and family in celebrating the future you are planning with your partner. You realize that life before and after your marriage will bring challenges, but worries about problems that may crop up do not dim the joy you feel.
Resilience Due to changes in the marketplace, you are suddenly laid off from a job you love. You are shocked and angry, but those emotions fade quickly as you put the event in perspective. You gather solid references, revamp your resume and begin your job search. Balance An old friend confronts you, saying you never have time for him. You are taken aback and give excuses of overwork. Then you look at it from their point of view, and realize you have been letting that relationship and other personal interests slide. You make a commitment to restore the balance.
Self-actualization While working full-time at an undemanding job, you take a night course in a field that has always intrigued you. You realize your talents and interests lie with this other area. You consult your teacher for advice and begin pursuing a new career path.
Flexibility The love of your life has walked out. You are devastated and feel like all your plans for the future have been ruined. After grieving for a time, you begin to see that your expectations of the relationship and of your partner were unrealistic. Gradually, you reconsider what you want and expect from a partner.
Take the Mental Health Meter
Now you’re ready to take our Mental Health Meter. Please answer every question below as honestly as you can. Read each statement, indicating whether you “Agree” or “Disagree” with it. Then, click on the “Submit“ button at the end to get your score and your results.
This is not a scientific test. Information provided is not a substitute for professional advice. If you feel that you may need advice, please consult a qualified health care professional or reach out to
Kindness is the glue that holds people and society together.
Kindness in its power has the ability to improve mental health and well-being.
“Kindness is the ability to know what the right thing to do is, and having the courage to do it!” Raktruist
Cultivating kindness starts with self-kindness - using your own words and actions to soothe and shift ourselves.
Kindness can take a variety of forms:
☀️The Sunshine - showing kindness is positive for us and it activates hormones that neutralize negative emotions and physical responses.
⛈The Rainstorm - when life is tough… kindness can be harder to give and receive.
��The Rainbows - being kind and having self-compassion can help us manage stress, sadness, and negativity.
In the midst of a storm, we can create more rainbows by using Mindful Self-Compassion through:
��Mindfulness - this creates presence. Connect to your body and notice how you feel in the present moment.
��Common humanity - this shows you are connected. Any emotions you are feeling, including suffering is part of our humanness.
��Self-kindness - described above.
“Compassion is the rainbow that you get when you bring the warmth of kindness to a stormy situation. No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.” Keith Heath
What self-kindness do you need now? How will you bring more sunshine, rainstorms and rainbows to your current work context?
People are talking more openly about mental health these days—attitudes are shifting, awareness is growing—but the work we need to do to foster safe, supportive, and mentally healthy spaces is an ongoing effort. We all have mental health, and we don’t leave it at the door when we come to work. Like our physical health, our mental health needs to be taken care of, and since we are spending most of our waking hours at work, we must commit to making workplace mental health matter.
To support our UFV community Human Resources is bringing Not Myself Today®, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, to all employees. We encourage you to explore the resources, tools and activities that are available to each of you online 24/7.
The Not Myself Today program focuses on three main objectives:
To create an account, simply visit www.notmyselftoday.ca/create-account using the login code ALXJEM and create your own username and password.
At University of the Fraser Valley, we are excited to be at the forefront of organizations that are stepping up to make mental health our priority.
Zoe Strazza, SR HR Advisor