Public health and mental health promotion
Public health and mental health promotion

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Public health and mental health promotion

2 Perceptions

In this section you will explore different perceptions, themes and definitions of mental health promotion that can apply to your practice. There are several definitions of mental health promotion but, as Boxer observes, they are ‘value loaded’ (2003, p. 477): they reflect individual philosophies and practices. Similarly, the choice of definition will reflect the focus of personal and professional style and will influence the choice of intervention.

The next activity invites you to explore definitions of mental health.

Activity 2 Getting to grips with definitions

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In the activity above you investigated your understanding of mental health and explored your values. What do your work colleagues think? In the next activity you ask them about their perceptions.

Activity 3 Other perceptions

Allow 30 minutes

When you are next in practice, ask two colleagues for their views of the mental health status of each of the people in Resource 1 and note their responses. You could also ask friends and family, which might help to uncover more of the assumed values that can underpin mental health promotion.

Discussion

If you did not already appreciate the challenging and value-laden nature of ‘mental health’, you probably do now! Were your views similar to your colleagues’? You probably became aware of different biases in your own and other people’s views of mental health. For example, some people may think it is fine to pursue very few activities and interests, whereas others may believe that mental health involves ‘well-roundedness’: engaging and interacting with a range of activities and people.

In Activity 2 you started to identify your own values about mental health. In the next activity you will look at a range of definitions of mental health.

Activity 4 A range of definitions

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The contentious nature of mental health makes the endeavour of mental health promotion all the more interesting.

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