The Third International Interdisciplinary Conference: Health and Mental Resilience

Country: Poland

City: Krakow

Abstr. due: 10.07.2016

Dates: 23.09.16 — 24.09.16

Area Of Sciences: Medicine; Psychology;

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Organizers: Institute of Applied Psychology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow


The aim of this confrerence is to give professionals the opportunity to exchange experiences in the areas of health, psychology, medicine, child pedagogy, philosophy and sociology. The meeting will focus on viewing health as a challenge both at an individual level as well as a group and community level. We want to look at health in a social context, considering how it affects quality of life, welfare and success.

The issues of somatic and mental health are important areas for consideration in the social and medical sciences due to the challenges that modern humans face, many of which are somewhat unprecedented in our evolutionary past. The amount of stress involved in making decisions, as well as stability and security often being in short supply, create a climate that often takes its toll on our mental health.

The definition adopted by the WHO – World Health Organization states complete physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being as the manifestation of truly healthy functioning. This approach assumes that health is not only the absence of disease, but also has a positive aspect, which is welfare. We can describe this approach as the salutogenic perspective, suggesting that the pursuit of health should involve the development and strengthening of the resources of individuals and communities.

Research on human health, both physical and psychological, has evolved significantly from simply identifying and minimizing risk to recognizing and strengthening our own resources to provide protection from and assistance in coping with the effects of stress. This trend is evident in both psychology and sociology, which emphasize the importance of inner strength, receiving active support, and an ability to cope with stress. The fact that stress is pervasive and that contact with stress is impossible to avoid has stimulated research into individual characteristics which can increase the likelihood of overcoming the difficulties of stress and not being harmed by traumatic situations.

Therefore, it is important to seek models and strategies that can help us cope with stress so that it does not cause excessive damage to our health. Of particular significance are proposals aimed at children and young people which improve their abilities to think positively, to be able to adapt, and to develop their mental stamina.

Proposed topic areas:

• Health as seen from the existential perspective

• Health and mental strength/ resilience throughout the course of life

• The relationship between coping with stress and health

• Contemporary threats to mental health

• Deficiencies in health

• Crises and the increase of posttraumatic stress

• The prevention and promotion of health

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