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Practising Public HealthAn Eyewitness Account$
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John Ashton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198743170.001.0001

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No health without mental health—mens sana in corpore sano

No health without mental health—mens sana in corpore sano

(p.177) Chapter 7 No health without mental health—mens sana in corpore sano
Practising Public Health

John Ashton

Oxford University Press

This chapter approaches the important subject of mental health and wellbeing through the lens of public health. Drawing on his own experience as a physician who specializes in psychiatry before moving into public health the author describes the struggle to move upstream from a sole focus on treating serious mental illness to the recent developments in public mental health and offers a framework for action. This draws on a historical overview of the differing emphases that have played in over the past two hundred years. This framework focuses on public health aspects as well as prevention and mitigation of harm from serious mental illness, and addresses the need for whole population approaches to mental health and mental health promotion. Examples of interventions that draw on public health interventions are given. These include the importance of planned parenthood and sexual health, the appropriate use of psychiatric expertise in support of population and community mental health, the centrality of concepts such as self-esteem, and the necessity to take a public health approach to the new challenge of dementia. Behavioural contagion, the role of the media, and the prevention of suicide are among the topics covered.

Keywords:   public mental health, mental health and wellbeing, historical perspective, modern framework, prevention and mitigation of harm, serious mental illness, community mental health, dementia, epidemiology, hysteria, contagion, suicide prevention

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