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Mental Health From A Public Health Perspective

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This presentation from the Washington State Department of Health to the TWG at their April 21, 2006 meeting, looks …

This presentation from the Washington State Department of Health to the TWG at their April 21, 2006 meeting, looks
at the relations and connections between public health and mental health.

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    • 1. Mental Health from a Public Health Perspective Presentation to the Mental Health Transformation Working Group April 21, 2006 Patty Hayes, Assistant Secretary, Division of Community and Family Health, Department of Health
    • 2. Public Health – What’s it all about?
      • Everybody’s health – not just people who are sick
      • Helping people stay healthy – not just treating them when they’re sick
      • Helping communities help people stay healthy
    • 3. How does public health describe “mental health”?
      • It’s about all of us, not just people with mental illness
      • Relationships – connection with people
      • Response – behavior, expression of thoughts and feelings
      • Resilience – dealing with thoughts, feelings and what happens to us
    • 4. A Public Health Approach to Mental Health
      • Decreasing risk factors
      • Mental Health examples:
        • Poverty,
        • Family violence/child abuse,
        • Social isolation
      • Increasing protective factors
      • Mental Health examples:
        • Social support of family and friends
        • Connected to school
        • Healthy brain development in infancy
    • 5. A Public Health Approach to Mental Health (cont.)
      • Promotion – for everyone
      • Prevention – for people with risk factors
      • Early Intervention – at the first sign of a problem
      • Treatment – where there is a diagnosis
    • 6. How does public health help people stay healthy?
    • 7. Strengthening Individual Knowledge & Skills
      • First Steps works with low income pregnant women to promote healthy pregnancies and birth outcomes – including identifying and dealing with depression.
      • WIC Nutrition Program provides nutrition information and food vouchers to families with low incomes. (low income and poor nutrition are mental health risk factors)
    • 8. Promoting Community Education
      • DOH has been sharing the results of our children’s mental health needs assessment at regional Maternal and Child Health meetings across the state.
      • Nutrition and Physical Activity Program works to improve access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. (physical activity is a mental health protective factor)
    • 9. Educating Providers
      • Child care health consultants provide information to child care providers of infants and toddlers about promoting social emotional development and dealing with challenging behaviors in a nurturing way.
      • Bright Futures Mental Health training was provided to school nurses.
    • 10. Fostering Coalitions and Networks
      • DOH is a member of the Mental Health Transformation Working Group.
      • DOH staff participate on the Children’s Subcommittee of the Mental Health Planning and Advisory Committee.
      • DOH staff convenes Partnerships for Promoting Children’s Mental Health.
    • 11. Changing Organizational Practices
      • DOH is promoting discussion within the agency and with local health jurisdictions about the connections between public health and mental health.
      • The Office of Maternal and Child Health has identified “optimal mental health and healthy relationships” as one of its priority outcomes.
    • 12. Influencing Policy and Legislation
      • DOH staff provided information to advocates working on a bill to provide mental health consultation in child care settings.
    • 13.  

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