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The Mental Health Continuum. HEALTHY Normal functioning. REACTING Common and reversible distress. INJURED Significant functional impairment. ILL Clinical Disorder. Severe and persistent functional impairment. What you might see. HEALTHY Normal mood fluctuations.

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The mental health continuum
The Mental Health Continuum

HEALTHY

Normal functioning

REACTING

Common and reversible distress

INJURED

Significant functional impairment

ILL

Clinical Disorder.

Severe and persistent functional impairment


What you might see
What you might see

HEALTHY

Normal mood fluctuations.

Takes things in stride.

Consistent performance.

Normal sleep patterns.

Physically and socially active.

Usual self-confidence

Comfortable with others


What you might see1
What you might see

REACTING

Irritable/Impatient.

Nervousness, sadness, increased worrying.

Procrastination, forgetfulness.

Trouble sleeping (more often in falling asleep)

Lowered energy

Difficulty in relaxing

Intrusive thoughts.

Decreased social activity.


What you might see2
What you might see

INJURED

Anger, anxiety.

Lingering sadness, tearfulness, hopelessness, worthlessness.

Preoccupation

Decreased performance in academics or at work.

Significantly disturbed sleep (falling asleep and staying asleep)

Avoidance of social situations, withdrawal.


What you might see3
What you might see

ILL

Significant difficulty with emotions, thinking

High level of anxiety, Panic attacks.

Depressed mood, feeling overwhelmed

Constant fatigue.

Disturbed contact with reality

Significant disturbances in thinking

Suicidal thoughts/ intent/behaviour


Supports and resources
Supports and Resources

HEALTHY

REACTING

INJURED

ILL

Professional Care

Self-care and social support


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