Positive Attitude and Self Esteem are crucial to mental and social well-being. They influences aspirations, personal goals and interaction with others. This paper stresses the importance of positive attitude and self-esteem as a protective factor and a non-specific risk factor in physical and mental health. Evidence are presented illustrating that positive attitude and self-esteem can lead to better health and social behavior, and that poor self-esteem is associated with a broad range of mental disorders and social problems, both internalizing problems (e.g. depression, suicidal tendencies, eating disorders and anxiety) and externalizing problems (e.g. violence and substance abuse). We discuss the dynamics of positive attitude and self esteem in these relations. Focusing on positive attitude and self esteem are considered a core element of mental health promotion and a fruitful basis for a broad-spectrum approach. A study was undertaken to assess attitude of an adults towards mental illness, so that intervention if needed to develop positive attitude towards mental illness can be undertaken.A research conducted by Mr. Digpal Singh Chundawat, Research Scholar of Master of Science in Nursing , Jiwaji University on Attitude towards mental illness among male adults residing at urban community Udaipur , Rajasthan. A non-probability convenient sampling technique was used to select the sampling for this study and the data were collected using structured attitude scale out of 200 samples, majority of an adults had favorable attitude towards mental illness. A study conducted by the University of Waterloo, youth with psychiatric disorders currently receiving inpatient services reported lower self-concept, particularly global self-worth, compared to those receiving outpatient services. For the current study, the researchers examined 47 youth aged 8-17 years who were receiving inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services at McMaster's Children Hospital in Hamilton. The participants' self-concept was measured using the Self-Perception Profile for Children and Adolescents. Self-concept might be an important aspect to consider when implementing treatment programs to improve the mental health of youth who are hospitalized.
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Digpal Singh Chundawat. Positive Attitude and Self- Esteem: Key to Mental Health. Asian J. Nursing Education and Research. 2018; 8(4):555-558. doi: 10.5958/2349-2996.2018.00117.9