Writings on hygiene and health have been accessible for centuries, but never before have books and
magazines on these subjects been as numerous as they are today. Most of the information is so general, vague
and indefinite that only a few have the time and patience to read the thousands of pages necessary to learn
what to do to keep well. The truth is to be found in the archives of medicine, in writings covering a period of
over thirty centuries, but it is rather difficult to find the grains of truth.
Health is the most valuable of all possessions, for with health one can...
Children and adolescents with good mental health are able to achieve and maintain
optimal psychological and social functioning and well-being. They have a sense of
identity and self-worth, sound family and peer relationships, an ability to be productive
and to learn, and a capacity to tackle developmental challenges and use cultural
resources to maximize growth. Moreover, the good mental health of children and
adolescents is crucial for their active social and economic participation.
- They can be used individually or as a package. They are cross-referenced with
each other for ease of use. Countries may wish to go through each of the modules
systematically or may use a specific module when the emphasis is on a particular area
of mental health. For example, countries wishing to address mental health legislation
may find the module entitled Mental Health Legislation and Human Rights useful for
- They can be used as a training package for mental health policy-makers, planners
and others involved in organizing, delivering and funding mental health services.
Mental health care is an essential but often
forgotten component of health care. Nurses
are core health-care providers and they need to be
able to contribute effectively to mental health care.
In reality, however, most low and middle income
countries do not have adequate numbers of nurses,
and the education and training of nurses in these
countries provide little of the knowledge and skills
necessary for good mental health care. The result
is poor or no mental health care for those who
Deliberate and accidental self-poisoning Principles of treatment Poison-specific measures General measures Specific poisonings: cyanide, methanol, ethylene glycol, hydrocarbons, volatile solvents, heavy metals, herbicides and pesticides, biological substances (overdose of medicinal drugs is dealt with under individual agents) Incapacitating agents: drugs used for torture
drugs, and psychotropic drugs is increasing. Repeated episodes are not rare.1 Prescribed drugs are used in over 75% of episodes but teenagers tend to favour nonprescribed analgesics available by direct sale, e.g.