Student positive mental health journeys

As described in other parts of these toolkits, many factors interact to influence a person’s positive mental health – over time as a process, a journey that never ends – thus the phrase “positive mental health is a developmental journey with many ingredients”.

This concept of ‘journey’ aligns with Keyes’ vertical axis of his ‘dual continua’ – moving upwards from languishing to flourishing is one way to characterize the potential for developmental growth along this journey. 

These descriptions of the underlying patterns of students’ positive mental health journeys are intended to provide highlights that will help to ground health promoting strategies in ways that respect and work with students’ stage of their journeys.

This section includes two types of journeys – a human’s macro life journey, and a set of micro-journeys that are important to inform purposeful design of health promoting / capacity building strategies.