Mental health

Promoting Mental Health; concepts, emerging evidence and practice

WHO; Victorian Health Promotion Foundation; University of Melbourne

Publication details

Number of pages: 310
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish
ISBN: 92 4 156294 3


Summary report


This Report offers:

  • discussion of the concepts of mental health and mental health promotion, and a description of the relationship of mental health to mental illnesses;
  • a rationale for the place of mental health promotion within public health, alongside prevention of mental illness and the treatment and rehabilitation of people living with mental illnesses and related disabilities;
  • the various perspectives that open when considering mental health as a public health issue, the types of evidence that exist in this area, and the feasibility of mental health promotion strategies;
  • examples of the interventions possible and the responsibility of various sectors; and
  • a way forward to activities that could be undertaken immediately within a variety of resource settings.