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Mental Health - Preventive Strategies

Adilson Marques

University of Lisbon

Adilson Marques has published over 220 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He is a prolific researcher with a keen interest in health promotion, with an emphasis on the benefits of physical activity.


Margarida Gaspar de Matos

University of Lisbon

Hugo Sarmento

University of Coimbra


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Mental health is an actual topic because of the high prevalence of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Mental health problems can affect all people regardless of their sociodemographic characteristics. It means that anyone is likely to have some form of mental health problem. The effects of mental health problems can be so devastating that they lead to suicide in many cases. For this reason, preventive measures to avoid mental health problems are important. Among the strategies used for the prevention and treatment of mental health problems, are the practice of physical activity, good levels of physical fitness, quality leisure time, socialization (especially in older adults), the use of counseling whenever there is a change in terms of mental health, religiosity and contemplation of the divine, psychological support and professional guidance stand out. With this book, we intend to present the different strategies that can be used to promote mental health.

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Adilson Marques

University of Lisbon

Adilson Marques is a professor at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physical Education, a master’s in Public Health, and PhDs in Sciences of Education, Sports Science and Health Sciences. Adilson Marques was a physical education teacher for nine years. His main research interests are health promotion, correlates of physical activity, and fitness. He recently is studying the relationship between physical activity, fitness, and mental health. He has published several international peer-reviewed articles and has been an investigator in several research projects. He is a reviewer for several scientific journals in the field of sports science and health promotion. He is a member of the National Physical Activity Promotion Program at the Portuguese Ministry of Health.

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