In their review of Preventing Mental Ill-Health: Informing Public Health Planning and Mental Health Practice, Jay E. Maddock and Jane Chung-Do note that the role of cognitive and behavioral factors in mental ill-health suggests the possibility to intervene at the "population level." A focus on "risk and protective factors such as life events, coping and support, mind-body connections, secure foundations in childhood, and one's role in society" forms the basis for exploring preventive interventions. Maddock and Chung-Do note that few interventions have demonstrated long-term effectiveness and discuss what is known about the role of social support, order, and connectedness in producing environments that support mental health. Given psychology's traditional focus on individual, family, and group treatments to address mental illness, can current training, research, and knowledge be adapted to what the reviewers describe as the "healthy communities movement"? As experts on human behavior, can psychologists assist in developing population-focused policies and practices that result in social conditions that reduce the experience of mental ill-health?
By Jay E. Maddock and Jane Chung-Do
PsycCRITIQUES, 2013 Vol 58(26)