Mental Health Promotion

Mental health promotion applies to all people, building on their capacities and competencies.

Health promotion focuses on mental health outcomes that strengthen people’s sense of control, resilience, and ability to cope with life’s challenges.

Mental health promoting actions and strategies are oriented to empowerment, choice, and participation. They strengthen protective factors, lessen risk factors and build on the social determinants of health, often involving partnerships across sectors.

Key areas of the WDHB's mental health promotion:
  • To raise awareness of requirement for positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Increase the number of education centres providing positive wellbeing and mentally healthy environments.
  • Raise awareness in community of positive reporting on mental health issues.
  • Strengthen community action to promote mental health and support people with experience of mental illness.
  • Strengthen partnerships and collaboration on mental health initiatives with organisations in the community.


Resources for the public
When someone you care about has a mental health or addiction issue - a guide for family, whānau and friends (Mental Health Commission 2012)


Reference publications
Te Tāhuhu: Improving Mental Health 2005-2015 - Second NZ Mental Health and Addiction Plan (Ministry of Health)
Te Puāwaiwhero - The Second Maori Mental Health and Addiction National Strategic Framework 2008-2015 (Ministry of Health)
New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2008-2012 (Ministry of Health)
Like Minds, Like Mine National Plan 2007-2013 (Ministry of Health)
Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey (Ministry of Health 2006)
Mental Capital and Wellbeing: Making the most of ourselves in the 21st century (Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project - UK 2008)

Related links

Ministry of Health website
Mental Health Foundation website
Like Minds Like Mine website
Depression: There is a way through it website
Mental Health Foundation - Suicide Prevention
BalanceNZ website
Working Well website
VicHealth (Australia) website
Resilience Research Centre (Canada) website
World Health Organisation (WHO) website

For more information please contact the WDHB’s Public Health Centre 06 348 1775