18.2  Mental health promotion and primary prevention

There are four main areas of focus for improving mental health and reducing the risk of mental illness:

  • promoting a happy, healthy childhood
  • reducing the exposure to violence
  • reducing the use of substances such as alcohol, khat and cannabis, and support in coping with life’s problems.

Prevention of intellectual disability is another important area and was covered in Study Session 17.

18.1.1  What are we trying to achieve?

18.2.1  Promoting a happy, healthy childhood