Community development and mental health promotion

Francis, Abraham P., Pulla, Venkat, and Goel, Kalpana (2014) Community development and mental health promotion. In: Goel, Kalpana, Pulla, Venkat, and Francis, Abraham P., (eds.) Community Work: theories, experiences and challenges. Niruta Publications, Bangalore, India, pp. 162-180.

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It is estimated that 450 million people are experiencing mental illness at any one time, most of whom live in developing countries and a great majority of them being women (World Health Organization, 2001). Mental illness affects one in four people at some stage during their lives. This paper based on a review of literature delineates the scope of community development in mental health promotion. To make more meaning relevant Australian references are utilised in this review essay. Mental illness is common in Australia with one in five Australians experiencing a mental illness at some stage in their lives, and many experiencing more than one mental illness at one time (Mindframe National Media Initiative, 2011). In this paper the authors review perspectives currently available for health promotion in social work in relation to mental health. The authors emphasise the importance of strength-based community development perspectives in mental health practice and an attempt is made to put forward an integrated model for, addressing mental health issues in a community context. The model looks at highlighting the need for developing and sustaining community spirit and promoting resilience in communities.

Item ID: 31433
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-81-923326-7-3
Keywords: mental health, community development, strengths perspective, gender issues, women's health
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2014 22:28
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 50%
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