Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.

Public Health and Mental Health

Public Health and Mental Health

Public health and mental health


The concept of mental health within a public health context is both obvious and paradoxical. The connection is obvious because everybody experiences psychological distress within their lives at some point. Though not everybody will experience such traumas to a debilitating degree, some will. The process by which a person's mental health is mediated is inherently wider than a biological or psycho-pathogenic model. It must also be a social one, defined by functional relationships, distress to self and others and a perception within wider society of differentness and often dangerousness.

The concept is paradoxical as an individual with a mental health problem is seen as unwell, psycho-pathogenic or as requiring treatments, care and adaptation (Oliver, 1996). The individual ...

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