Mental Health, Risk, Goal Setting and
Mental health is affected by many factors.
Environment, other people, physical health, etc.
Each part influences another. Your goal is to
have all sides of the triangle equal.
The triangle is on the next slide.
How much you value and respect your self.
It is your confidence and how you feel about
Everything has risk. Risk in many situations is
not bad, you stand a chance of being
unsuccessful rather than succeeding.
In health, risk is viewed a little differently. Your
success would be good health, failures harm
When looking at a situation there are some
things to keep in mind......
Things to keep in mind
Risk Behaviors- Are actions that potentially threaten
health. (example: smoking)
Cumulative Risks- In some situations, doing one thing
can increase the risk somewhere else. So the risk
increases in effect with each added risk. (example:
drinking and then doing something else potentially
harmful because your judgement was impaired)
Prevention- Taking steps to keep something from
happening. (example: having a designated driver)
Abstinence- Deliberate decision to avoid high risk
behaviors. (example: not going to a party where drugs
A little more on prevention
Prevention can be any action to reduce a risk.
It can be as simple as eating healthy to avoid
diabetes or wearing a seat belt when driving.
It doesn't remove the risk, it just lessens the
chance of harm.
Good decision making can reduce risk.
There are steps to the process.
Decision Making Process
State the situation. Basically, identify to problem or
List possible choices. What can you do?
Make the decision and act. Weigh your options.
Decide on the best one and do it.
Evaluate your decision. Was it a good choice? If you
don't evaluate you won't learn from mistakes and will
continue to repeat them. Success is also important. If
something works, you know you should do it again.
Evaluating also helps you to make improvements on your
successes as well.
A goal is a result that a person aims for that
takes planning and work.
There are short term and long term goals.
A short term goal is a goal that can be reached
quickly..passing a test, completing all of your
homework during a week are good examples
of short term goals for a high school student.
A long term goal will take a little longer to achieve,
there may be several short term goals set in order
to reach the long term goal. (going to college,
playing a professional sport, graduating from high
Once you set a goal you must develop an action
plan, which are specific steps that will help you
reach your goal.
It can be compared to a road map or a recipe.
These are the steps you will need to reach the
goal(s) that you have want to reach.