Mental Health Promotion in Ireland.

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Identify two strategies for mental health promotion and describe how they can impact on the perceptions of mental health within your community. 600-800 words. Health is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ [(WHO, 2001a)In discussing 2 strategies for Mental health promotion as opposed the Physical health awareness I would like to highlight the changes in community perceptions of mental health in Leitrim since I first attended Primary School in 1970. On my day at school amidst all the excitement and obvious apprehension I distinctly remember a little girl sitting in the back row of the classroom rocking back and forth on her chair as she sucked her thumb .By lunchtime on that first day everyone in class knew that the suspicious looking puddle under her desk was Pee. I remember her being mimicked and teased at break time by the older children in the playground. When lunchtime was over and everyone returned to the classroom that little girl was nowhere to be seen. Over forty years have passed since my first day at school and I know that little girl is still in state care. Today as Easter break is almost over and my own children are returning to the same school, awareness of mental health and wellbeing amongst both Teachers and children has thankfully reached a much less stigmatised plateau. There are no dummies at school anymore; there are kids with special needs who integrate within the classroom setting as much as is possible and are also afforded time with a dedicated special needs teacher. The term Mentally handicapped isn’t heard in the playground anymore and because of this all the traditional backward stigma that was once attached to children who were different has thankfully dissipated as their individuality and special talents are highlighted and encouraged.” school age children form a Vulnerable group, and hence, a readily...
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