Approach to health-Illness continuum in mental health care
Dr. Smriti G Solomon
Good health and well-being is one of the third goal of 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. This third goal not only focuses on physical health but also mental health. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that the determinants of mental health and mental disorders include not only individual attributes such as the ability to manage one’s own thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and interactions with others but also social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental factors. The left side of the health- illness continuum is the traditional treatment paradigm. wellness is a process and that nurses and doctors should educate and help patients move further along the continuum towards right side high-level wellness through awareness, education, and growth.