Educational Resources

What does good mental health actually mean?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health includes ‘subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter-generational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential, among others.’

Wood’s Homes recognizes there are many different environmental factors that can affect an individual’s state of mental health (at any age). Children and youth typically come to us with a history of trauma, neglect and abuse. As a result, their mental health is in decline and they may find themselves living on the street and/or dealing with addictions. Poor mental health can be temporary and treated on a short-term basis, while complicated issues and/or disorders typically require long-term services.

This area of our website is intended to be a resource for people who may be struggling with mental health – either personally, or through friends or family.