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For so many years the focus in both training and treatment has been on managing the problems that exist rather than preventing their occurrence.
This has very much changed since my initial training.
The science of happiness and well-being complemented by the neurosciences is one of the most interesting areas of mental health for me. We now know that there are habits and behaviours that can build resilience and be protective of mental health and wellbeing.
Wellbeing and mental health is viewed more from a perspective of balance, thrown out of balance when overwhelmed or stressed.
Just as exercise and diet are vital to a healthy body, social connectedness, finding meaning and purpose in what you do is important to mental health and well being.