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Running head:MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM
Mental Health Problem: Mildura
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1MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM
Mental illness of parents poses a serious challenge to the quality of life (QoL) of
parents and their children. Improving QoL is an important political and public health concern
(Bee et al., 2014). The following essay aims to highlight the mental health complications
among the adults’ population of Mildura, the possible interventions for steady recovery and
the role of anoccupational therapist in mental health recovery.
Mental Health: Parents in Mildura
According to the Victoria’s Mental Health Services Annual Report (2016-2017), 11 %
of the Victorian population suffers from mental health complications and the majority of
them are adults. Among this 11% of population, half of them are women and 33% of them
reside in rural areas like Mildura. According to Van Loon et al., (2014), children of parents
sufferingfrommentalhealthproblemsarehighlysusceptibletowardsdeveloping
psychological problems. This is because the child interaction with parents with mental health
is not healthy moreover, the family environments with parents with mental illness is negative,
which cast an adverse impact on the child. Thus parental monitoring must get a detailed focus
in present mental health interventions in Vitoria in order to safe guard adolescents with
mentally ill parents from developing similar problems (Van Loon,Van de Ven, Van Doesum,
Witteman&Hosman2014).
Health promotion strategies
Lifestyle Medicine:Mental health and stress are closely associated with unhealthy
lifestyles. Thus, healthy behaviour interventions contribute to physical and mental health
along with the management of stress (Min, Lee & Lee, 2013). With expand in occurrence of
the lifestyle disease, therapeutic changes in lifestyle have now become the prime focus for
physicalandmentalhealthpromotion.Thuslifechangeaimedtowardssmoking,
2MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM
consumption of alcohol, physical activity, healthy diet, stress management, obesity and stress
management (Min, Lee & Lee, 2013).
Stress management and skills training: Management of stress of daily life and adding
towards recovery through adverse health effects are important factors in mental health
promotion.Interplay of mind, brain and body in involved in generation of stress and thus
interventions designed over mind-body medicine is recommended as an important medium
for managing stress (Min, Lee & Lee, 2013).
Communityintervention:Communityinterventionsdealwithexpandinpublic
awareness about mental health which will help to expand the acceptance of the mental health
care for prevention and promotion of the mental health illness (Min, Lee & Lee, 2013).
Victoria State Government is also in favour of the community interventions toward the
improvement of the mental health of the adult populations (Victoria State Government,
2017).
Other strategies that can be implemented for mental health recovery or prevention
includepreventive consultationandpositive psychotherapy(Min, Lee & Lee, 2013).Kalraet
al.(2012), have vouched in favour ofimprovement of coping strategiesin order to reduce
stress induced by mental illness.Person centred careortargeted interventionsat individuals
may also derive positive results (Kalraet al., 2012).Hagenet al. (2012) has opined that
evidence-basedonlinementalhealthpromotionanhelpfulstrategyformentalhealth
prevention and treatment.
Analysis offive selectedhealth promotion strategies
Lifestyle medicineis one of the important mental health strategies because, according
to Department of Health Australia (2017), majority of the population in Vitoria abides
3MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM
unhealthy lifestyle life smoking, consumption of alcohol and this are main factors behind the
mental health complication among the adult population. Moreover, according to National
Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum Australia (2014), people with complications in
mental health are commonly smoke tobacco in comparison to the general population and this
tendency is likely to aggravate the mental health complications further. Taylor et al. (2014),
has opined that prevention of smoking or prevention against consumption of alcohol will help
the people suffering from mental illness to recover faster.
Smoking of cigarette is a crucial preventable risk for mental illnesses. Severity,
assessment of patient’s dependence and willingness to quit smoking, behavioural intervention
along with proper knowledge, motivational interviewing and accurate pharmacotherapy will
be useful evidence-based approaches. Moreover, counselling and education for low-risk
alcohol consumption could to be procured in lifestyle medicine interventions(Min, Lee &
Lee, 2013).
According toTaylor et al. (2014), cessation of smoking is related with reduced
anxiety, stress and depression. this in turn helps in promotion of positive mindset and quality
of life.
Stress management and skills training
Stress is the major stigma behind the generation of depressive symptoms and these
gradually aggravates into complex mental illness like anxiety (Heim & Binder, 2012).
Moreover parent stress either arising out of mental illness or responsible for mental illness
cast immense impact upon their children. According to Heim and Binder (2012), stress in
early stages of life like childhood abuse or parental neglect is a well-established and major
risk behind generating depressive disorders in the later stages of life. Hence coping up with
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