Regional workshop on promotion of mental well-being
Other TitlesReport of the workshop, Colombo, 6-9 October 2009
AbstractWHO defines health as a "state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". WHO has made substantial progress in addressing mental illnesses in the past several decades. In this context, WHO's efforts to address mental illnesses in the South-East Asia Region focuses on strengthening the primary health care system to deliver essential mental health care. But promotion of mental well-being is distinct from programmes on mental illness. Whereas mental illness affects certain individuals, every person in the community benefits from effective programmes on promotion of mental well-being. Though WHO's definition of health clearly emphasizes well-being, the concept of well-being, including mental well-being, has not been operationalized widely as a public health strategy. To address this, a stepwise process for development of programmes on promotion of mental well-being has been initiated by the Mental Health and substance Abuse Unit in WHO's Regional Office for South-East Asia. In a review of ongoing work, several models for the promotion of mental well-being which can be implemented in the Region through individual, family, group and community approaches, supported by healthy public policies have been identified. The regional workshop held in Colombo in October 2009 was the next in the further development of the programme on promotion of mental well-being. The four-day workshop was attended by over 100 participants from a diverse range of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, music and arts, spirituality, public health, psychology and psychiatry, health promotion, education and national planning. The general objective of the workshop was to promote mental well-being through multi-disciplinary approaches. Participants discussed various aspects of promotion of mental well-being and recommended ways of moving forward. This information provides guidance to WHO on the next steps in taking forward the programme on promotion of mental well-being.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2009). Regional workshop on promotion of mental well-being. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206211