What is mental health and how can we achieve it? What is to be gained by leading a healthy mental life? These questions are often asked but are mostly ignored. At best they are responded to with truisms and pious advice to take more exercise or to drink less alcohol. Is there a more illuminating source of wisdom about mental health? Well Professor Jim Lucey Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College and Medical Director of St Patrick’s University Hospital is always thinking about how we can achieve better mental health and he was here to discuss some research that points the way to achieving it.