The World Health Organization (WHO) defines “health”, as “physical, mental and social well-being” (WHO, 2005). In other words, all three elements must be present in order to be considered “healthy”. Out of these three elements, mental health has been almost forgotten for so many years. Thanks to the World Health Organization, mental well-being is now recognized as being an important factor in overall health.
Mental health is defined “as a state of emotional and psychological well-being, in which an individual is able to use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities to function in society, and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life” (Answers.com). Although mental health is important for people of all ages to maintain overall health, we will be focusing on adolescent mental health, as well as physical and social aspects of overall health for this health promotion program.
The target population for this program will be adolescents from age 9 to around age 17 and will be conducted during normal school hours. Students, who are having trouble paying attention in class, have behavioral problems, feel socially isolated and other issues would be directed to this program. The purpose of this program is to make students aware of unhealthy ways of thinking, and provide help to students in dealing with their emotions, thereby promoting physical health. This program will be available to those in all socioeconomic ranges and will overcome any language or cultural barriers. There are four goals for the programs’ success: (1) A physical exercise program will be adopted by students. (2) A nutritional program will also be adopted and students will encouraged to participate. (3) Students will also be counseled once a week on social behavior and the norm and be required to pledge “drug-free” (4) Students will write a list of “things” that really bother them, and be counseled on how to deal with emotions that are involved with these problems.... [continues]
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