What is Behavioral Health Promotion?
Helping people live healthy lives.
Regardless of who you are or what you’re going through, life can always get better. The goal of promotion is to improve quality of life today and reduce the risk of diseases and issues tomorrow. We all face seasons in life that are difficult. Promotion builds knowledge, skills, and healthy actions through supports like peer groups, mentors, and parent education. In short, it helps people have the tools to cope and find help.
The Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services has partnered with a group of experts, the Kansas Prevention Collaborative, who share the following goals:
- Integrate behavioral health prevention efforts.
- Allocate greater resources to local level, community-driven prevention efforts.
This Kansas Prevention Collaborative is connecting communities through promotion, education, awareness, and advocacy to serve citizens across Kansas in gaining better behavioral health and supporting each other locally.
To give you a better idea of what this will look like, let’s talk about what we mean by promotion, prevention, education, and advocacy.
- Promotion - these strategies are designed to create environments and conditions that support behavioral health and the ability of individuals to withstand challenges. Promotion strategies also reinforce the entire continuum of behavioral health services.
- Prevention - delivered prior to the onset of a disorder, these interventions are intended to prevent or reduce the risk of developing a problem, such as underage alcohol use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and illicit drug use.
- Education - builds skills through structured learning processes. Critical life and social skills include decision making, peer resistance, coping with stress, problem solving, interpersonal communication, and systematic and judgmental capabilities. There is more interaction between facilitators and participants than there is for information dissemination.
- Advocacy - protecting and promoting the welfare and rights of consumers, families and concerned others.
If you have questions or would like to know more about what you can do to help your community, don’t hesitate to contact us today!