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Mental Health

  • By: Joy Koesten
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that “there is no health without mental health,” underscoring the prominent role that mental health now plays in the public health agenda. WHO defines mental health as more than just the absence of mental disorder; it is a “state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

By all accounts, the prevalence of mental illness in the United States and abroad has profound implications on individuals, families, and communities. Mental illness is now the leading cause of disability worldwide and there is strong evidence that the absence of positive (flourishing) mental ...

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