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Defining Mental Health: A Fresh Look
More Australians are reportedly suffering severe psychological distress due to COVID-19 as are individuals in China, Italy, Norway and the US.

The Australian National University has tracked the mental health of Australians and found higher levels of psychological distress and serious mental illness, particularly in young adults, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Shankardev Saraswati practised as a monk for ten years before returning to medical practice in Australia. He says the Coronavirus crisis has triggered a serious and urgent need to improve how practitioners view mental health.

Speaking at the 2020 ACNEM Online Conference: Environmental and Viral Disruptors Dr Saraswati agrees individuals are feeling increased depression, stress, loneliness and anxiety.

His online presentation An Integrative Approach to Mental Health is a crucial look at why mental health is a complex combination of mechanistic/organismic and humanistic/phenomenological models and why its definition must consider our entire living systems.

"Western society and the emerging materialistic society is suffering so much with depression because we are so outwardly focused, we need to tie together the outer world and the inner world essential for mental health," Dr Saraswati said.

Dr Saraswati's presentation is a crucial handbook for practitioners to rethink what mental illness is and how they can help their patients.
What is Mental Health

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as a state of well-being in which:

1) Every individual realises his or her own potential
2) Can cope with normal stresses of life
3) Can work productively and fruitfully
4) Is able to contribute to her or his own community

Dr Saraswati says such definition is a good compass for practitioners but the concept of "well-being" does not consider differences in values, cultures and backgrounds.

New Definitions
Dr Saraswati prefers instead emerging definitions of mental health such as:

1) A dynamic state of internal equilibrium

2) Individuals use their abilities in harmony with universal values of society
3) Have basic cognitive and social skills
4) Are able to recognise, express, modulate ones emotions and empathise with others
5) Have flexibility and the ability to cope with adverse life events and function in social roles

"Culture plays a big role in our understanding of health and what mental health is," Dr Saraswati says.

"In the East, where I spent a lot of time as a young doctor, the concept of mental health is different to the West and varies in some major areas. A lot of people today are looking to the ancient wisdom of the East for answers to better handle the stresses we are all feeling."

In his presentation Dr Saraswati shares incredible insight into how meditation and deep reflection increases mental stability and cultivates resilience to allow people to face life with greater skill.

"The concept of mental stability allows us to rise above the pairs of opposites. We are not hooked on only pleasure but we can face pain. We don't just want joy we can manage sorrow and we can withstand the slaps and blows of life, and they are coming thick and fast at the moment."

Integrative Approach to Mental Health
Dr Saraswati says practitioners must address all causes of mental illness as they are inter-related and treatment plans must always be tailored to a patient's interest and financial situation.

"Its conventional medical approaches to mental illness as well as supplements, diet and lifestyle and psycho-spiritual interventions."

To hear Dr Saraswati's full presentation and learn skills and tools to help your patients achieve physical and mental fulfilment join us at the 2020 ACNEM Online Conference.

Find out exactly what yoga and meditation do to human function and mood and why we urgently need to rethink our treatment plans.
The Mental Health presentation series at 2020 ACNEM Online Conference also includes:
Brain Health Disruption – Dr Sanjeev Sharma
Psychedelic Therapies for Mental Illness – Tania de Jong
The Impact of Technology on Mental Health – Dr Tim Ewer
Anxiety – Challenges and Strategies for our Modern World – Dr Jodie Lowinger
The Positivity Prescription – Dr Suzy Green
Children and Mental Health – Dr Robyn Cosford
Immune Function Challenges to Children's Health – Dr Leila Mason
How to Stress-Proof Your Child – Dr Elisa Stro

We look forward to seeing you online soon to enjoy more than 40 hours of online learning.
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