I'm cold, hungry, and am having thoughts of harming myself. Why won't anyone help me John thinks to himself as he sits outside his current shelter housing.
Mental health promotion focuses on identifying health issues with a certain population, with primary interventions focus and main goal of reducing risk that can negatively impact an individuals overall health (Austin & Boyd, 2015).
Hi John, I am Kathy a counsellor would you like to talk with me inside?
One primary intervention is adult education, which Kathy can support John with and provide resources for him. The Institute for Work and Health (n.d.) highlight that primary interventions influence behaviour and help to prevent mental illness.
Let's discuss some life skills you think you need to work on for better health promotion.
Secondary Interventions are designed to help clients effectively introduce coping strategies that help them identify how stress and societal factors can impact their mental health and how to effectively respond (Austin & Boyd, 2015).
What are Secondary Interventions?
I miss my parents, they invite me to dinner every week but I have refused for the last two months. As a coping strategy I think I will go next week!
How can you effectively manage your current situation John?
Austin and Boyd (2015) identify that tertiary interventions focus on working on promoting mental health with an individual who suffers from a mental illness, by promoting health factors, and working on maintenance and relapse prevention.