Focus On Emotional Well-Being

Arianna Huffington speaks to U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy about the importance of emotional well-being.


Murthy lists emotional well-being as one of his six priorities as surgeon general:

Mental and emotional health is just as important to our overall well-being as our physical health. Mental illness is responsible for more disability than any other group of illnesses. But a large percentage of people with mental health conditions may not feel comfortable talking about their condition or getting effective treatment. The Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health (1999) spotlights ways to overcome barriers to treatment. Positive mental and emotional well-being allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively, and make meaningful contributions to their communities.