Mental Health Promotion
The World Health Organization constitution states that Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Determinants of mental health according to WHO:
Multiple social, psychological and biological factors determine the level of mental health of a person at any point in time.
- Social factors:
- Persistent socio-economic pressures are recognized risks to mental health of individuals and local communities.
- Poor mental health is associated with stressful work conditions.
- Unhealthy lifestyles.
- Risks of violence, bullying and human rights violations.
- Impaired physical health.
- Psychological factors:
They are factors that make people vulnerable to mental health problems.
- Biological factors:
Including genetic factors and an imbalance of chemicals in the brain
Mental Health Promotion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The Council of Ministers decided to change the National Committee for Mental Health Promotion, established in 3/4/1430 AH, into the National Center for Mental Health Promotion. Under the auspices of Minister of Health who is Chairman and members of representatives from several institutions, including the Ministry of Education, Prof. Lilac Alsafadi, President of the University, approved to constitute the Permanent Committee for Mental Health Promotion on 2/19/1442 AH. Its objectives include:
- Promoting mental health in the University by disseminating culture and awareness for concepts of mental health and illnesses, their causes and methods of dealing with it.
- Developing skills to deal with stress.
- Facilitating access to psychological support.
- Paying attention to risk factors on campus.
- Providing community initiatives in the field of mental health.
- Participating in scientific and research activities in the field of mental health.
- Contributing to having a balanced personality for University students.