The idea of thriving communities is central to governmental policy at local, state and national levels. Yet a community cannot thrive if the local citizens suffer from poor mental health. Therefore, good mental health and wellbeing should be central to any community development plan. Community wellbeing features in the action plans of many local governments both nationally and internationally, however guidance around best practices for mental health initiatives is often not standardised or easily accessible to local policymakers.
This review, conducted by the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health with the support of the NSW Mental Health Commission, describes evidence from the literature about community wellbeing initiatives and community empowerment.