Western Australian Mental Wellbeing Guide

The Mental Health Commission recognises mental health and wellbeing as being a key element to support rebalancing the mental health system.

The Western Australian Mental Health Promotion, Mental Illness, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Prevention Plan 2018-2025 (Prevention Plan) was released in 2018 to guide and inform stakeholders about evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies that can assist with preventing mental health issues and conditions and AOD use issues in the community.  

Since the launch of the Prevention Plan there has been significant developments in research and evidence about mental health promotion and the importance of promoting mental wellbeing.

To better define and strengthen the mental wellbeing and mental health promotion components of the Prevention Plan, the Mental Health Commission is developing the Western Australian Mental Wellbeing Guide (the Mental Wellbeing Guide).

The Mental Wellbeing Guide will define the guiding principles, foundations and best practice initiatives to support optimal levels of mental wellbeing for all Western Australians.

Once finalised, the Mental Wellbeing Guide will also provide a practical support for state and local Government agencies, communities, non-government and private organisations who are progressing work in relation to mental health and wellbeing. It is intended the Mental Wellbeing Guide will also inform future investment and evaluation that aligns to an evidence-based approach.

The development of the Mental Wellbeing Guide has been informed by:

  • State-wide consultation
  • literature review by Prevention United
  • an expert reference group
  • internal Mental Health Commission consultation, including lived experience.

For further information about this project, please email MHCMentalWellbeingGuide@mhc.wa.gov.au

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