Using policy to promote mental health and wellbeing: A guide for policy makers

14 Aug 2012

'Using policy to promote mental health and wellbeing: A guide for policy makers' is intended to encourage and enable policy makers in Victoria to systematically consider the social and environmental determinants of mental health when developing or reviewing policy. The guide introduces concepts in mental health promotion and key considerations for policy and program development. It includes:

  • What supports good mental health?
  • What is mental health promotion and how does it relate to policies?
  • Assessing the mental health promoting impact of your policy

The guide for policy makers provides an overview of how the risk and protective factors for mental health can be influenced.

This guide has been revised from the previous edition (2010) to include updated data and reflect the priorities of the current government. Targeted efforts to promote positive mental health through healthy public policy continue to be an important feature in the government's mental health reform agenda.

The guide has been updated and reissued to reflect the latest data and reiterate the importance of broad cross-sectoral involvement in promoting all aspects of health.

It can be downloaded from: (74)


Key resources

Planning resources

Planning for mental health promotion draws on what we know works for general health promotion, and a growing body of evidence in promoting positive mental health.

Evidence-based mental health promotion
The Evidence-based mental health promotion resource (27) provides a program planning schema that guides you through:

  • Rationale and vision setting
  • Priority setting and problem definition
  • Partnership development
  • Generation of plan, including interventions and evaluation plan
  • Program implementation
  • Evaluation and dissemination. 

Melbourne Charter
The Melbourne Charter (18) for Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Mental and Behavioural Disorders was created at From Margins to Mainstream: 5th World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders in Melbourne 2008.

Health Promotion Website
Department of Health Health Promotion website provides a gateway to health promotion resources within the department, and to key health promotion resources.

Integrated Health Promotion
Integrated health promotion resource (42) is a guide to assist agencies, organisations and practitioners to apply the theory of integrated health promotion to practice.


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