Creating Caring Communities: Putting Mental Health on the Agenda. Dr. James Irvine Health Promotion Summer School Prairie Region Health Promotion Research Unit Mental Health Promotion: Identity, Culture and Power August 2005. Mental Health.
Dr. James Irvine
Health Promotion Summer School
Prairie Region Health Promotion Research Unit
Mental Health Promotion: Identity, Culture and Power
Jané-Llopis E, Barry M, Hosman C, Patel V.
Why the interest from ‘health’?
Why the interest from other sectors?
Impact on Physical Health
Leads to increased:
Dong M et al Circulation 2004; Lawlor, Ebrahim, Smith. BMJ 2002
(when mental health promotion is thought of in a broader sense than previously understood)
(Moodle and Jenkins)
Can result in
Prerequisites family & community
social justice and equity
choices and coping
income and social status
social support networkThe Health of the Population
Isolation / alienation family & community
Lack of education, transport, housing
Poor social circumstances
Racial injustice / discrimination
Access to drugs / alcohol
Positive interpersonal interactions
Social responsibility / tolerance
Social support / community network
Cultural integrationSocial, environmental & economic determinants of mental health
Risk Factors Protective Factors
Williams, Saxena, McQueen
Source: Chandler & Lalonde, 1998
How do we approach mental health promotion? health inequities:
Poverty health inequities:
Early Childhood Development
World Health Organization (1984)
World Health Organization (1986)
adapted from FPT Adv C on PH
“if jurisdiction is your starting point, you’re not going to solve anything…Start from a community issues standpoint, set aside jurisdictional and policy issues, and commit some resources to it. You’ll see things happen” (Hanselmann, Gibbins)
Making healthy choices,
Barnett WS. AJ Orthopsych 1993
Not only doing things right,
but the right things.
Will be found in:..
Why would a small group of dedicated individuals believe that by working together we can change the world?
Because throughout history, it is the only thing that ever has.