Understand Mental Health Essay

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Unit F/602/0097 Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion With the certainty that 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, it's no surprise that the UK's interest in this field has increased. Amongst people over 65 years old, half of the illnesses are mental illnesses and costing NHS over £105 a year (total economic and social cost) the pressure is high for NHS to understand mental well being and mental health problems. There are different definitions in literature to describe mental health and mental well-being, such as: ✓ "Mental well-being is a dynamic state in which the individual is able to develop their potential, work productively and creatively, build strong and positive relationships with others and contribute to their community. It is enhanced when an individual is able to fulfil their personal and social goals and achieve a sense of purpose in society." ✓ "Mental health is defined as state of well-being 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." Resilience – as in "being able to cope with the normal stress of life" – is an important component of most definitions of mental well-being, with great relevance for the prevention of mental illness. Working productively and fruitfully is an important component from the point of view of economists, and in some studies is regarded as the primary component. Mental well-being is specific to each person. Whilst for some people, well-being may come in the form of family, for other socialising is what makes them happy. Mental well-being generally includes areas such as: life satisfaction, optimism, self esteem, mastery and

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