Published October 16, 2018 at 18:17
Physical and mental health are related, with one affecting the other. Preventing, treating and managing physical health conditions also requires improving mental health and wellbeing. Equally, preventing, treating and managing mental health problems requires addressing physical health. Both of these aspects are addressed here.
Being in good mental health brings resilience to cope with difficulties, have good relationships with others and an ability to think clearly, participate in decision making, and have optimism, sense of control and self-efficacy. These are important for staying healthy.
Core principles for healthcare professionals
All healthcare professionals are routinely in contact with people who are at risk of, struggling with or recovering from a mental health problem.
All healthcare professionals have a responsibility to promote the mental wellbeing of people they are in contact with as part of their treatment and care, and to help prevent mental health problems.
All healthcare professionals have a responsibility to promote the physical health and well being of individuals, at risk of, or living with, mental health problems.
Healthcare professionals should:
- be aware of relevant policies and guidance on physical health for people with mental health problems and on improving mental health within everyday practice
- understand the mental and physical health needs of individuals, communities and population and the services available in their local area
- think about the resources available in health and wellbeing systems
- understand specific activities which can prevent, protect, and promote mental health and wellbeing and prevent, protect, and promote the physical health of people experiencing mental health problems
Making Every Contact Count (MECC)
Utilise the MECC approach to inspire positive change, and/or directing them where to go for further help where required.
All Our Health
Provides comprehensive information on what Healthcare professionals should provide in terms of information, advice and support around mental health and wellbeing at a community, family and individual level.