In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Mental Health Promotion

  • Introduction
  • General Overviews
  • History
  • Policy Reports
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Best Practice
  • Special Populations
  • Economic Considerations/Cost Effectiveness
  • Research
  • Interventions
  • Ethics

Public Health Mental Health Promotion
Laura Boltz, Vikki Vandiver
  • LAST REVIEWED: 13 December 2022
  • LAST MODIFIED: 28 February 2017
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199756797-0113


Promoting mental health is an important goal in the field of public health. By specifying mental health promotion from within the field of health promotion, professionals can focus on preventing and treating mental health disorders as well as rehabilitating people who have mental illness and disabilities. One of the ways that mental health is promoted is by enabling those with mental health issues to be able to function in a way that gives them control over their own health and well-being. Another way that mental health is promoted is through community- and population-level opportunities that increase the knowledge and well-being of those who are affected by mental health conditions. This article identifies a variety of resources that can be used for mental health promotion in terms of policy and practice.

General Overviews

For a mental health professional who seeks to become more acquainted with the idea of mental health promotion, Vandiver 2009 provides an introduction to the policies and principles that are involved in promoting mental health. For a theoretical perspective, Kemm 2015 offers case studies to explain mental health promotion. Levin, et al. 2010 and Green, et al. 2015 provide information from a program and practice level that can be used by clinicians in their own practice. Finally, Cottler 2011 describes the many levels of how mental health relates to public health.

  • Cottler, L. 2011. Mental health in public health: The next 100 years. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.

    This book is based on the discussions of the American Psychopathological Association (APPA) meeting that took place in 2010. The chapters are written by experts in the field from all over the world who discuss topics such as mental health disparities, causes of addiction, and the mental health of veterans.

  • Green, J., K. Tones, R. Cross, and J. Woodall. 2015. Health promotion: Planning and strategies. 3d ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

    This book provides the information needed in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs that will successfully promote health. Information is provided to help with the process as well as developing a knowledge base about health promotion.

  • Kemm, J. 2015. Health promotion: Ideology, discipline, and specialism. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.

    This text offers a theoretical and practical view of health promotion. Legislative descriptions and case studies are also provided throughout the book.

  • Levin, B., K. Hennessy, and J. Petrila, eds. 2010. Mental health services: A public health perspective. 3d ed. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.

    This book focuses on the public health perspective of providing mental health services. It includes information that is applicable to practitioners, administrators, and policymakers.

  • Vandiver, V. 2009. Integrating health promotion and mental health: An introduction to policies, principles, and practices. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.

    This book provides an introduction to policies and principles of health promotion in the field of mental health. The text is theory driven and provides a framework for providing effective mental health promotion in the current mental health system.

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