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Promoting mental health : concepts, emerging evidence, practice / a report of the World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in collaboration with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the University of Melbourne ; editors, Helen Herrman, Shekhar Saxena, Rob Moodie.

Herrman, Helen
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This international book aims to bring to life the mental health dimension of health promotion. It describes the concepts relating to promotion of mental health, the emerging evidence for the effectiveness of interventions, and the public health policy and practice implications. The book includes evidence on the relationship between social and cultural factors and the mental health of individuals and communities. It reviews the available evidence from a range of countries and cultures. It documents how actions such as advocacy, policy and project development, legislative and regulatory reform, communications, research and evaluation may be achieved and monitored in countries at all stages of economic development. It considers strategies for continued growth of the evidence base and approaches to determining cost-effectiveness of actions. The book concludes that international cooperation and alliances will play a critical role in generating and applying the evidence by encouraging the social action required and monitoring the impact on mental health of a range of policies and practices. The evidence provided for the health and non-health interventions for mental health benefits is likely to be useful to health policy planners and public health professionals. The emphasis, however, is on the urgent need for a more systematic generation of evidence in the coming years, so that a stronger scientific base for further planning can be developed.--Publisher's description.


Geneva : World Health Organization, [2005]

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xx, 288 pages : monochrome illustrations ; 24 cm


Introduction : promoting mental health as a public health priority / Helen Herrman [and others] -- Health promotion : a sketch of the landscape / Maurice B. Mittelmark [and others] -- Evolution of our understanding of positive mental health / Vivianne Kovess-Masfety, Michael Murray, Oye Gureje -- The intrinsic value of mental health / Ville Lehtinen [and others] -- Concepts of mental health across the world / Shona Sturgeon and John Orley -- Social capital and mental health / Harvey Whiteford, Michelle Cullen, and Florence Baingana -- Mental health and human rights / Natalie Drew [and others] -- Responding to the social and economic determinants of mental health : a conceptual framework for action / Lyn Walker [and others] -- The nature of evidence and its use in mental health promotion / Margaret M. Barry, David V. McQueen -- Social determinants of mental health and mental disorders / James C. (Jim) Anthony -- Links between mental and physical health and fitness / Beverley Raphael, Margit Schmolke, Sally Wooding.
Indicators of mental health / Stephen R. Zubrick, Vivianne Kovess-Masfety -- The evidence of effective interventions for mental health promotion / Clemens M.H. Hosman, Eva Jané-Llopis -- The evidence for mental health promotion in developing countries / Vikram Patel, Leslie Swartz, Alex Cohen -- Evidence : the way forward / Mark Petticrew [and others] -- Mental health promotion : an important component of national mental health policy / Michelle Funk [and others] -- Strategies for promoting the mental health of populations / Eero Lahtinen [and others] -- Community development as a strategy for promoting mental health : lessons from rural India / Rajanikant Arole, Beth Fuller, Peter Deutschmann -- Developing sustainable programmes : theory and practice / Penelope Hawe, Laura Ghali, Therese Riley -- Intersectoral approaches to promoting mental health / Louise Rowling, Alison Taylor -- Conclusions and recommendations / Shekhar Saxena [and others].

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