Mental Health Week in Australia
The aim of my activity is to promote mental health, prevent mental health disorders, and if there is any sign of mental ill-health to intervene early so the prognosis is favorable. For the reader to follow this assignment better some terminologies need to be understood with clarity.In this relation, the literature suggests that mental health promotion is a fairly young discipline. Mental health as defined by World Health Organization is a “state of well being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community” (WHO, 2001), According to WHO again, mental health promotion is different from mental health prevention. Mental health promotion aims to promote positive mental health by enhancing well being from a psychological perspective. This would eventually increase the individual’s competence and reliance, but it would also support living conditions and environments. While this is acceptable as a working definition of mental health promotion, mental health prevention would aim to reduce the symptoms of mental disorders. To be able to do this, mental health promotional strategies are useful. Another facet of these promotional activities would be an activity specifically designed to enhance positive mental health in the community. As a secondary outcome of such activities, one can achieve a decreased incidence of mental disorders.From the Australian perspective in terms of prevention and promotion, the Second National Mental Health Plan emphasized the use of a range of settings in which mental health promotion and community education could occur, and the groups of workers who should be targeted to undertake activities in this area. The key development in this area of the plan was a population health approach to mental health.