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
Mental Health Review Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Sep 1, 2000
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