Mental health is a term used to describe either a level of cognitive or emotional wellbeing or an absence of a mental disorder. From perspectives of the discipline of positive psychology or holism mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life and procure a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.
Objective and Aim of study: To find out the mental health among athlete and non-athlete.
Hypothesis: There will be significant difference between Athlete and non-athlete with respect to mental health.
Materials and Methodology: For the present study 200 Sample were selected from Meerut City. The effective sample consisted of 200 subjects, out of whom 100 Athlete (Short distance runners, throwers: Short put, Javelin, Javelin thrower, and Discuss throwers) and 100 non-Athlete (Football players, Cricket players, and Volleyball Players). The age range of players is 18-25 years. C.G. Deshpande Mental Health Test was used for measuring Mental Health. All the 50 items of the scale are presented in simple and brisk style. Each item has two answer (multiple Choice) ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ This is well known test having high reliability and validity coefficients.
Conclusions and Results: Athlete has significantly good mental health than the non-athlete. (Athlete: M = 45.26, SD = 6.28 and Non Athlete: M = 37.59, SD = 4.18).