National practice standards for the mental health workforce 2013

Standard 12: Health promotion and prevention

Page last updated: November 2013

Mental health promotion is an integral part of all mental health work. Mental health practitioners use mental health promotion and primary prevention principles, and seek to build resilience in communities, groups and individuals, and prevent or reduce the impact of mental illness.

The mental health practitioner:

  1. Develops and implements strategies across the mental health spectrum that recognise the current status of people's wellbeing to
    • address the social determinants of health, risk and protective factors
    • reduce stigma and discrimination
    • promote and build mental health and resilience across the lifespan
    • raise awareness across populations and communities on mental health and wellbeing, mental health problems, mental disorders and comorbidity in order to prevent onset across the lifespan
  2. Creates opportunities for improvement in physical health, exercise, recreation, nutrition, expression of spirituality, creative outlets and stress management
  3. Implements mental health promotion practice embedded in international and national population health models
  4. Applies culturally relevant and appropriate health promotion and primary prevention approaches to people from diverse backgrounds
  5. Works with people, families and carers to understand what might trigger periods of illness, and what helps to prevent or resolve these periods
  6. Provides appropriate, culturally relevant mental health literacy resources and education and support materials to people, families and carers
  7. Develops effective partnerships with key stakeholders.
  8. Implements assessment and intervention strategies for health-compromising behaviours, particularly as they relate to mental health outcomes