Introduction: Positive mental health (PMH) is essential for a healthy and fulfilling life. Lack of it may lead to increased negative thoughts and the use of unhealthy coping mechanisms. This study aimed to explore university students’ perceptions of PMH from an occupational perspective. Method: Six online focus groups with participants recruited through purposive sampling were conducted among university students in southern India. A semi-structured interview guide facilitated the data collection. Thematic analysis was done for the transcribed data. Results: Two themes emerged from the data: “No health without mental health” and “action plan for mental health.” The findings reflected participants’ understanding of mental health and its relation to socio-emotional wellbeing, positive state of mind, and productivity. They described the use of various personal strategies including certain occupations for mental health promotion. Conclusion: The findings suggest that students were mindful of the significance of the presence or absence of PMH. They valued the role of daily habits and routines in maintaining PMH. Future intervention programs for PMH can be developed by integrating an occupational perspective.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Occupational Therapy