Mental health promotion is any action that aims to maximise mental health and wellbeing among populations and individuals.
It addresses any determinant of mental health that might be changed for the better.
Some of the social and economic determinants of mental health are income, social status, education, employment, working conditions, access to appropriate health services and the physical environment.
Mental health promotion aims to strengthen an individual’s understanding and skills so as to support their efforts to achieve and maintain their mental health.
Mental health promotion activities often extend to improving physical health as well as productivity in the school, home and workplace 1.
1 Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, 2000. Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health – A Monograph, Mental Health and Special Programs Branch. Canberra, p36.