There are 31 subject-specific meetings (‘matches’) associated with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Exchange being held in Sydney. This is one of them.
The Urban Collaborative match, Supporting mental health and wellbeing in cities, is hosted by the Greater Sydney Commission and explores how to create a liveable city, which improves mental health and wellbeing.
Liveability factors include providing plenty of open green spaces for rest and recreation, creating 30 minute cities with easy work commutes to reduce the stress on families and reasonable access to health services.
Other liveability factors that can improve people’s mental health include:
- Planning the built environment to provide places for positive social interaction and reduce social isolation.
- Planning social infrastructure like parks, community centres and arts/cultural centres that enables people to be involved in their community and feel included.
- A more equitable city supports mental health as it ensures everyone has better access to what they need.
- More walkable cities improve mental health with research showing that physical activity is good for mental wellbeing.
There will be two off-site visits, one to Wollondilly Shire Council to meet with the Wollondilly Health Alliance, in Picton, the other to the Information and Cultural Exchange at Parramatta.
The results of the two day collaborative will be shared with local government, government agencies and arts and cultural organisations.