Strategies For Mental Health Promotion in Children and Adolescents

Authored by: Irene Eunhee Kim , Andrew Cashin , Edilma L. Yearwood

Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138017610
eBook ISBN: 9781315780344
Adobe ISBN: 9781317702221

10.4324/9781315780344.ch18

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Abstract

Childhood mental health is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “having a positive sense of identity, the ability to manage thoughts and emotions, as well as to build social relationships, and the aptitude to learn and to acquire an education, ultimately enabling full active participation in society” (WHO, 2013, p. 6). WHO (2012) also stated that

young people with a good sense of mental well-being possess problem-solving skills, social competence and a sense of purpose, which helps them rebound from any setbacks that they encounter, thrive in the face of poor circumstances, avoid risk-taking behavior and continue a productive life.

(WHO, 2012, p. 6)

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