Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The multifaceted intertwined nature of optimal health, mental health, and well-being requires operational, sustainable interdisciplinary partnerships in order to improve personal and global well-being and happiness. The initial step must be the assessment of the nature and magnitude of local problems in the global context. The WHO annual reports may be an adequate departure point as they can demonstrate the global nature of stressful situations and their association with physical and mental stress-related disorders. Therein, mental health professionals should spearhead change and progress. Attitudes need to be pro-active and partnerships are essential. Pertinent data should be evaluated by local experts who will determine the needs and how best to face them and achieve solutions. Hopefully, common regional denominators will lead to the formation of Regional Interdisciplinary Collaborative Alliances (RICAs) who will share needed resources and focus particularly on vulnerable populations. The RICAs would be supported by experts and technological facilities located in developed economy centers. The long-term goal is to turn the concept of pursuit of happiness into a well-perceived reality.
- public health