Public Health Insight

Mental Health Continuum: Absence of Mental Illness or the Presence of Positive Mental Health

September 28, 2021 PHI Media
Public Health Insight
Mental Health Continuum: Absence of Mental Illness or the Presence of Positive Mental Health
Show Notes

What if everything we currently know about mental health and mental illness is wrong? According to the World Health Organization, by 2030, depression will be among the leading conditions for disability and morbidity - second only to heart disease. Clearly, something is not working. Traditionally, mental health is defined as the absence of mental illness. Is this definition enough? 


Dr. Corey Keyes once said, “We wait for people to break down and park ambulances at the bottom of the cliff.” This is the approach generally taken in the mental health field, where the focus is around treatment, rather than prevention. In this episode of the Public Health Insight Podcast, we invite Dr. Keyes himself to discuss the importance of not only promoting mental well-being, but how to build a flourishing society.


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