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Main description:

"This is a well-organised book. The layout is clear, with references at the end of each chapter, and there are activities and questions for reflection, as well as good use of tables. The editors’ foreword at the beginning of each chapter provides a useful link from the previous material, and gives a sense of continuity.
"It will…be a useful addition to a reading list for public health students and anyone interested in promoting mental health in their clients. It will provide a useful platform for debate, and a summary of mental health needs at different points in the life span."

Critical Public Health

"This text provides an excellent overview for anyone new to mental health promotion or wanting to refresh their learning.
...the book provides a concise argument that mental health promotion has a strong theory base, evidence base and value base for anyone wishing to learn, advocate for or develop its practice."

mentalhealth today

“This book is a useful overview for mental health promotion and will stimulate practitioners and researchers to delve more into this important topic"
The Internet Journal of Mental Health

Mental Health Promotion is the first textbook to provide an accessible guide to applied mental health promotion across all age groups, and demonstrates how both principles and theory can be used to underpin mental health promotion. Cross cutting themes at each stage of the lifespan are addressed, including: reduction of inequalities; theory and evidence based practice and culturally sensitive approaches to practice.

Key features of the book include:

  • A recognition of the ‘uniqueness’ of different age groups in terms of specific mental health issues
  • A lifespan approach; identifying different health promotion interventions for different age groups
  • Illustrations of how to apply health promotion theory and principles to practice
  • Inclusion of up to date evidence based examples of good practice for different age groups
  • Use of international, national and local examples
Mental Health Promotion is essential reading for those working in or studying public health, mental health promotion, social work, nursing, youth and community or community care.


ISBN-13: 9780335229574
Publisher: McGraw-Hill (Open University Press)
Publication date: December, 2006
Pages: 264

Subcategories: Counselling & Therapy


Mima Cattan is Senior Lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University. She spent several years as a specialist and senior manager in health promotion where she was involved in a range of local and national health promotion initiatives in relation to mental health promotion and older people. She has a PhD from the University of Newcastle for research into effective health promotion interventions targeting social isolation and loneliness among older people. She currently teaches on postgraduate health promotion courses, such as professional practice and mental health promotion. Her current research is on mental well-being and the accessibility of the built environment for older people.

Sylvia Tilford is Visiting Professor in Health Promotion at Leeds Metropolitan University. She was a teacher in schools and adult education before working for over 20 years at Leeds Met in health promotion teaching and research. She has also worked with community mental health projects. She has a longstanding interest in mental health promotion and has undertaken research on effective practice. She is committed to raising the profile of mental health in national and international policy and practice and the achievement of greater equity in mental health.