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Mental Health Promotion An Evidence Base

Mental Health Promotion An Evidence Base Focus onÉ Elizabeth Burtney Health Education Board for Scotland Dr Michael Ross Ayrshire and Arran Health Board mental health promoting factors, such as meaningful employ- ental health is a leading priority for ment, and decreasing those factors which damage or reduce good the National Health Service in Scotland. For some mental health such as abuse and violence’ (Health Education time, mental health has been gaining in importance Authority, 1997). in the national policy agenda and the recent White In this context, the definition of ‘good mental Paper on public health, Towards a Healthier Scotland health’ is a problematic construct. In Britain, although (SODOH, 1999), clearly identified the vital signifi- conceptualisation of mental health is a dominant cance mental health holds for Scottish society. theme in mental health promotion, there has been Although this document recognises the value of little consensus on a standard definition (Tudor, 1996; the enhancement of mental health for the general Trent, 1997; Money, 1997). In fact, Money (1997) population, it combines this with the desire for has argued that: ‘The notion of some conclusive and final improvements in service provision and rehabilitation definition of mental health is illogical as well as impossible.’ for people with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mental Health Review Journal Emerald Publishing

Mental Health Promotion An Evidence Base

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1361-9322
DOI
10.1108/13619322200000026
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Abstract

Focus onÉ Elizabeth Burtney Health Education Board for Scotland Dr Michael Ross Ayrshire and Arran Health Board mental health promoting factors, such as meaningful employ- ental health is a leading priority for ment, and decreasing those factors which damage or reduce good the National Health Service in Scotland. For some mental health such as abuse and violence’ (Health Education time, mental health has been gaining in importance Authority, 1997). in the national policy agenda and the recent White In this context, the definition of ‘good mental Paper on public health, Towards a Healthier Scotland health’ is a problematic construct. In Britain, although (SODOH, 1999), clearly identified the vital signifi- conceptualisation of mental health is a dominant cance mental health holds for Scottish society. theme in mental health promotion, there has been Although this document recognises the value of little consensus on a standard definition (Tudor, 1996; the enhancement of mental health for the general Trent, 1997; Money, 1997). In fact, Money (1997) population, it combines this with the desire for has argued that: ‘The notion of some conclusive and final improvements in service provision and rehabilitation definition of mental health is illogical as well as impossible.’ for people with

Journal

Mental Health Review JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2000

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