Creating a Public Mental Health Model That Values All People
In recent years, the subject of health has become much more publicly concerned. It was not so long ago when those who were most likely to be diagnosed with a particular chronic condition would be labeled as either morbidly obese or disabled. As more attention is paid to the issue of health, attitudes to its definition continue to change. The WHO defines health as “the absence of all diseases, conditions and injuries which could cause death or impairment.” This definition is not without controversy as a wide variety of circumstances and persons are included in its list of limitations.
In addition to this broad definition, health has also been defined as the ability to live an active and satisfying life. Health, according to the World Health Organization, is “an optimum state of total physical, mental and emotional well-being and not just the absence of sickness and disease”. Various definitions have been used over the years for various purposes. While public health has focused its efforts on defining health, mental health has taken on a strong focus of interest, as well.
For many years, psychology was primarily concerned with understanding the causes of mental illnesses and learning ways to treat them. Today, however, psychologists have begun to pay more attention to how their everyday life affects our mental health. This study has had a wide range of implications for public health, particularly in the areas of early childhood development and health.
A major component of public health is the identification and treatment of illnesses that result in the loss of life or a diminished quality of life. The importance of mental wellness goes beyond simple illness avoidance. In fact, many illnesses–such as cancer and diabetes–are traceable to underlying issues of psychological well-being. The successful treatment of these illnesses can promote longer life and a more productive existence.
A growing body of research indicates that people who are healthy mentally and physically are happier and healthier than those who are sick and diseased. In addition, being mentally healthy makes individuals more productive workers. As people become sicker and experience more severe disabilities, they lose the ability to work productively and lose their jobs. Likewise, if they experience long periods of unemployment, physical illness causes deterioration in their physical health. Aches and pains are replaced by pain and limitations, leading to lower quality of life.
Mental wellness extends beyond the realm of physical health. A good physical health is an essential element of good health. Healthy physical well-being contributes to higher levels of mental well-being. People who exercise, eat a balanced diet, get the proper amount of sleep and get proper amounts of restful sleep experience less stress and more energy. People who are physically active and have good health are less likely to become depressed and more likely to have positive feelings and thoughts about their lives.
Depression, anxiety, stress and lack of concentration can have damaging effects on both your physical and mental health. Illness can make you feel helpless and hopeless and can lead to negative thoughts and behaviors. These behaviors can lead to greater disability and illness, including premature death. It is important to maintain a good health, and to avoid contracting illness.
The best way to ensure the wellbeing of your loved ones and yourself is to invest in themselves through educational opportunities and medical supervision. By promoting and maintaining a public mental health model that values the subjective wellbeing of all citizens, we can improve the wellness of everyone who lives here. By investing in ourselves and those around us, we can improve the quality of our lives and achieve greater satisfaction with our personal and professional lives.