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Mental health promotion

H Herrman, R Moodie, S Saxena

Published : 2008


Mental health is a set of positive attributes intrinsic to the health of individuals and communities. Poor mental health is associated with relative social disadvantage in whole populations and vulnerable subgroups. Adverse conditions such as poverty, discrimination, and violence have a powerful influence on mental health in high- and low-income countries. Conversely, mental health is linked with human, social, and economic development. Mental health promotion is integral to the new public health and health promotion. Evidence is available on the effectiveness of public health and social interventions for enhancing the mental health of populations in locally devised and culturally appropriat..

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