A clinical Psychologist is concerned with the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders.
OK so what is “Mental Health”?
Mental Health refers to our balanced thinking, emotional well being, and adequate functioning. Good Mental Health is the absence of difficulties or disorders in the way we think, feel or behave. A person who is in good mental health is enjoying life, realises his/her ability, manages setbacks easily, copes with stressors, is resilient and is able to make a contribution to the community.
In contrast, mental health problems can be defined as the experiencing of severe and distressing psychological symptoms to the extent that normal functioning is seriously impaired. Mental health problems have extensive detrimental impact on a person’s life affecting their work, leisure, relationships and self concept. Research has indicated that 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental health difficulties at some point in their lives and mental health problems can affect anyone.