Mental Health Promotion

Mental health promotion is a multidisciplinary area of practice emphasizing promoting positive mental health in the entire population – those with and without mental health problems1. Efforts emphasize competence enhancement – on building strengths and resources. For people with mental illness, mental health promotion efforts involve creating supportive environments, reducing stigma and discrimination, and supporting the social and emotional health of the person and their family.

mental health continuum

"In general, happy and optimistic people are healthier, live longer, and use their positive states to facilitate and expand their problem solving abilities and learning."2


1 Barry, M. M., & Jenkins, R. (2007). Implementing mental health promotion. Edinburgh, Scotland: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier
2 Fredrickson, B. L. (2001). The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. American Psychologist, 56, 218–226.