An introduction to mental well-being

Threats or challenges disrupt mental well-being. For the purpose of this book mental well-being is defined as a sense of satisfaction, hope1, and purpose in life, a sense of mastery and control, as well as a sense of belonging and social support (National Health Service Scotland, 2014). Much of my past research has looked at the unique expressions, responses and stories people tell in response to a threat or challenge that illness and disease impose. Within this section of the book I provide an overview and illustration of how responses to the threat or challenge may vary. These responses are viewed in different ways by the hope that is considered. In particular consider; (a) the levels of hope and mental well-being, (b) the expressions of hope and (c) maintaining mental well-being as a cycle of hope enablement.