Wellness and Resiliency
Mental health is an important element of overall wellbeing (Bryan, 2014). There is therefore a need to ensure that wellness and resiliency is developed among target groups to promote wellness and community resilience in individuals, couples, and families in an identified target population. This paper will seek to describe the wellness and resiliency model that is utilized by mental health counselors in promoting wellness and community resilience. This paper will also look to express some intervention activities that can aid in the achievement of the counseling goals for youths in the targeted population. It will further try to propose various prevention and education activities that will promote optimum human wellness, development, and mental health. Finally, the paper will establish effective strategies that will assist in promoting client access to and understanding of some forms of community resources.
The target population represents a group of people within a community that is subjected to poverty, various mental and health issues, among other disadvantageous situations. For our case, the target group consists of some youths who have been affiliated to a popular culture. An extremely diverse culture exists among these youths, creating a wide variety of issues that range from race to ethnicity to persistent health inequalities, and inequalities in access to education, as well as poor economic status. These disadvantaged youths hence face challenging situations that call for the development of a wellness and resiliency model to help in their mental wellness.
Wellness and Resiliency Model
In spite of some similarities in philosophy and goals, the adult and child behavioral health systems have explicated different language and conceptual framework, as well as independent service systems. This manifests important differences between the developmental trajectories and the needs of youths and adults, and services that are designed to support them. The wellness and recovery model presumes a degree of personal obligation and self-determination that does not apply globally to youth and children. Resilience refers to the dynamic process of embracing positive adaptation in the setting of significant adversity, and it incorporates individual features, family resources, and other resources that are outside the family (Gerig, 2007).
The central concepts of wellness and resilience that can heighten the implementation of principles in a system of care include the specification of risk and defensive factors that are essential in elaborating and individualizing services, and provision of a firm information base for early intervention and prevention programming. Mental health counselors ensure that people who work with youths and their families employ a wellness and resiliency model in formulating appropriate behavioral services. These services must be merged with other services provided by other agencies of human services and they have to be planned to support the youth in returning or remaining in a non-restrictive community environment, where all individuals can acquire a sense of well-being and identity, so as to succeed in the family, school, and in the community.
Intervention Activities That Promote Resilience and Wellness
A mental health counselor involved with the targeted youths in our target community can utilize educational programs as stable foundations. Educational programs such as seminars will help the youths to acquire vital information that will aid in their resiliency and wellness. Education will also include cultural aspects that resonate with the youths to acquire increased cultural senses. Personal empowerment of the youths will also be important as it will enable them to overcome different obstacles within their life span which will in turn enable them to sustain resiliency. Other intervention activities will include the use of support groups and counseling programs (Bryan, 2014). Support groups will play an important role in encouraging positive growth and development within the youths, hence fostering positive resilience and wellbeing. Interventions will enhance the development of strengths within the youths, and this strength will help them to utilize communal resources.
Prevention and education activities
Scientists have acknowledged various protective factors that can ameliorate some risks to mental and general wellbeing. Scientists have emphasized on the importance of promotive factors such as good nutrition, simple exercises, healthy human interactions, adequate rest, and peer support. Access to professional and peer counseling, as well as social inclusion are also key activities that promote optimum human wellness, development, and mental health in youths. These measures need to be effected as they will help in coping with risky stressors and situations that have been imposed on the youths by the modern society.
Community Resources Promotion Strategies
School, community, and employment-based strategies should be adopted and supported. These strategies will be essential in fostering unity among the youths, who will in turn embraces and utilize communal resources. Promotion and assistance in the recovery of the youths should be considered as a key strategy as it will involve innovative services that will empower the youths and their families to determine and achieve their goals (Gerig, 2007). The youths should receive protective level of care through the adoption of strategies that maximize community resources. Such strategies may include development of communal activities that bring the youths together in the quest for their resiliency and wellness promotion. Such strategies are important as they will bring youths together, hence integrating different cultures together. This will help to deal with issues such as ethnicity and racism, through the youths’ interaction.
Wellness and resiliency models include building strong foundations for resiliency, applying restorative practices to restore and repair desperation to functionality, and identifying the specific needs for the youths. Wellness and resiliency also promote self-empowerment and education to accommodate and modify mental wellness that provide resiliency for the affected individuals’ future endeavors. Professional avocation and assistance should be instilled to further promote and support the wellness and resiliency of affected persons.
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