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Dinesh Bhugra

, Kamaldeep Bhui

, Samuel Y. S. Wong

, and Stephen E. Gilman

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date: 26 January 2022

Positive mental health can contribute to better educational, employment, and social functioning. Public mental health includes both mental health promotion and prevention of mental ill health. Public mental health works at levels of general and whole population and society, vulnerable groups and individuals, and those needing early diagnosis and intervention. At each level different strategies are required. It is recognized that, when in distress, most individuals will seek help first from within their personal, social, and folk support systems and seek professional help only if that does not work. This depends upon healthcare systems and available resources. In this chapter the editors propose that public mental health is an important part of any healthcare system and suggest ways forward. They recognize that there is research evidence confirming the value of mental health promotion through education and empowerment, and by promoting strength and resilience through various local and national activities

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