• Users Online: 1103
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-36

Peacework and mental health: from individual pathology to community responsibility

1 University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
2 Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv, Ukraine
3 Institute of Social and Political Psychology of National Academy of Educational Science (Ukraine), Kyiv, Ukraine

Correspondence Address:
Associate Professor Maureen P Flaherty
Peace & Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba, 248-70 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. 204-688-0770
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INTV.INTV_59_18

Rights and Permissions

Using Canada and Ukraine as examples, this article asserts the importance of moving beyond addressing posttraumatic stress disorder as the major mental health focus in peacebuilding, to a more global whole health strategy as a way of building resilience in communities, preparing them better to deal with conflicts of different kinds, and generally providing habitus for people of all health and abilities to thrive. Authors who are academics, mental health service users and service providers examine current barriers to and movements toward mental health and wellness in their countries. Using a needs-based approach, authors assert the importance of using the social determinants of health, understanding engaged community membership requires good, supportive mental health. The social determinants of health provide the basis to move from a reactive medical model of health which seems prevelant globally to focus on proactive community, considering what it means to be a community member, including the importance of individual empowerment not only for their own community engagement but also for the actualization and development of their communities and the wider world. Key implications for practice
  • It is important to move beyond treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in response to trauma.
  • Peacebuilding must include proactive mental health strategies.
  • Global responsibility for individual health as described by the social determinants of health.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded492    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 7    

Recommend this journal