4 th Annual North Texas Health Forum: Embracing our Community of African American Children Katie Cardarelli, Ph.D. Texas Prevention Institute. creating recommendations for effective action. Defining mental health/ well-being.
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WHO defines mental health as, “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” 1(p2)
There is no HEALTH without mental health and well-being
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