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Health Promotion
Course Code
HPRO 3325
Professor
Lynne Robinson

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Mental Health Promotion
January 8, 2013
Definition of mental health:
Feelings about oneself
oRelatively accurate assessment of own abilities and limitations
oGood self-knowledge
oReasonable sense of self-esteem and pride in oneself
Feelings about others
oCapacity to create and maintain fulfilling relationships
oCapacity to focus on others’ needs
oRespectful of differences
oAble to trust and care for others
Ability to meet & handle the demands of life
oPrepare for but do not fear the future
oAccept reasonable responsibility
oSet reasonable goals
oManage the unexpected in the best way possible
Change what you can
Accept what you can’t
And know the difference between the two
Mental Health Promotion: Overview—A complicated
endeavour
Promotion or prevention?
Promotion of mental health
oEmphasized social determinants of health
SES, physical environment, personal capacities, social
environment, gender, culture
Prevention of mental illness
oTargets populations
oIdentifies those at risk or
oThose with a mental health problem ranging from mild to severe
oFocuses on factors that contribute to mental illness
Promotion + Prevention
Promote external and internal resources
oDevelopment of individual strengths
oSupportive environments/communities
oEmphasis on personal control over conditions

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Mental Health Promotion January 8, 2013 Definition of mental health: • Feelings about oneself o Relatively accurate assessment of own abilities and limitations o Good self-knowledge o Reasonable sense of self-esteem and pride in oneself • Feelings about others o Capacity to create and maintain fulfilling relationships o Capacity to focus on others’ needs o Respectful of differences o Able to trust and care for others • Ability to meet & handle the demands of life o Prepare for but do not fear the future o Accept reasonable responsibility o Set reasonable goals o Manage the unexpected in the best way possible  Change what you can  Accept what you can’t  And know the difference between the two Mental Health Promotion: Overview—A complicated endeavour Promotion or prevention? • Promotion of mental health o Emphasized social determinants of health  SES, physical environment, personal capacities, social environment, gender, culture • Prevention of mental illness o Targets populations o Identifies those at risk or o Those with a mental health problem ranging from mild to severe o Focuses on factors that contribute to mental illness Promotion + Prevention  Promote external and internal resources o Development of individual strengths o Supportive environments/communities o Emphasis on personal control over conditions  Growing recognition that not only can mental health be promoted, mental illness ca
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