Basic issues regarding psychological health promotion


  • Mariola Krakowczyková


The World Health Organization (WHO, 2001) defines positive psychological health as "well-being in which individuals become aware of their own capabilities, are able to deal with the stress of everyday life, work productively, and act for their community." Another definition (MHSchools) says "... feeling, thinking and interacting with others in a way that helps the individual enjoy life and deal effectively with challenges." So the concept of positive psychological health is more than just the absence of psychological illness. An individual enjoying such health is able to recognize and use their own possibilities, enjoy life and cope with situations that challenge them. Positive psychological health can also be understood as the ability / ability of an individual to perceive, understand and interpret his environment, to adapt / change when it is needed, and to communicate with others.