Meeting of regional experts on promotion of mental well-being
Other TitlesReport of the meeting, Jakarta, 11-13 June 2009
AbstractWHO defines health as a "state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". The definition clearly emphasizes mental well-being. Since its establishment, WHO has focused on addressing the major causes of morbidity and mortality, and has emphasized health promotion and prevention of disease. However, the concept of well-being (including mental well-being), even though included in the original definition of health, has not been implemented as a public health strategy. There is no generally accepted "definition" of mental well-being. However, the concept is generally recognized and was described by WHO as a state in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. This expert meeting concluded that there are several approaches for promotion of mental well-being which can be implemented in the Region through individual, family, group and community approaches, supported by healthy public policies. Each of the approaches has been operationalized in the Region and shown to be beneficial. The need for intersectoral partnerships to promote mental well-being in the community was recognized.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2009). Meeting of regional experts on promotion of mental well-being. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205514