Priority 4: Promoting wellbeing and resilience
Good mental health and wellbeing are not only about happiness. They are the foundation stones for positive life choices, strong relationships, supportive communities and the capacity to cope in adversity. A growing body of research evidence shows wellbeing and resilience are not a matter of chance, but can be directly influenced by individual and community-wide strategies.
This is a 2015-18 priority because
- We must not waste any opportunity to help people, families and communities build their own their capacity to live well. If we act on what we know we can, over time, reduce the number of people who develop mental illness and need extra support and take the pressure off our strained mental health services.
- Developing mental wellbeing is a sound investment. It allows people to contribute socially and economically to their full potential.
The Commission engaged the School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW and the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District’s Keeping the Body in Mind team to produce a Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing evidence guide to provide a summary of the evidence regarding what measures need to be taken to improve the physical health of people living with severe mental illness.The evidence guide pulls together what we can most confidently say about the links between physical health and mental illness and its treatments, and about what we could do better. It draws on the most robust research and includes examples of successful approaches from NSW, Australia and overseas.
Living Well Action 8.5
The Commission was instrumental in the launch in early 2015 of the Collaborative, a group of Government and community-managed organisations which supports wellbeing initiatives, shares knowledge about wellbeing and promotes innovative wellbeing activities. It aims to embed consideration of mental health and wellbeing across the design of programs and policies, and in workplaces and the community more generally. The Commission will extend this work by continuing liaison with early adopters of wellbeing approaches, and by supporting the engagement of registered training organisations to deliver Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment training.
Living Well Actions 3.1.1 and 3.1.3
- Living Well reforms
- Living Well - Plan and Report
- Our priorities
- Priority 1: Improving the community-based mental health response
- Priority 2: Improving the journey for people who use mental health supports
- Priority 3: Preventing suicide
- Priority 4: Promoting wellbeing and resilience
- Priority 5: Ensuring systems and services rise to the reform challenge
- Priority 6: Monitoring and reporting programs