Mental Health Promotion
Mental health promotion involves actions to create living conditions and environments that support mental health and allow people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. DBHDD’s Office of Behavioral Health Prevention incorporates mental health promotion throughout all of its substance abuse prevention and suicide prevention efforts; and provides mental health promotion cross-training to staff and providers. Cross-training focuses on healthy outcomes, such as competence and well-being.
Media Campaign – “Spot the Signs, Talk About It, Get Help”
DBHDD developed the “Spot the Signs” PSA as part of a media campaign to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and improve communications for appropriate referrals.
A Few Ways to Promote Mental Health:
- Support for children (e.g., skills building programs, child and youth development programs)
- Programs targeted toward vulnerable groups, including minorities, indigenous people, migrants, and people affected by conflicts and disasters (e.g. psycho-social interventions after disasters)
- Mental health interventions at work
- Mental health promotional activities in schools (e.g., programs supporting ecological changes in schools and child-friendly schools)
- Violence prevention programs (e.g., reducing availability of alcohol and access to firearms)
- Promotion of the rights, opportunities, and care of individuals with mental health challenges