Since 2014 we have worked with Maudsley International to improve the capacity of organisations and individuals to use evidence-based tools for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Capacity Building Project aims to give key stakeholders across community, non-government and government sectors awareness, knowledge and skills to increase the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and groups.
This includes the Regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs; Queensland Government policy officers and service providers; and community and non-government service providers.
The update of the capacity building project outlines the mental health and wellbeing events and training delivered in 2016.
Capacity building in regard to two wellbeing tools is involved in the Capacity building project.
Wheel of Wellbeing
Wheel of Wellbeing uses positive psychology to teach simple techniques for promoting wellbeing focusing on body, mind, spirit, people, place and planet. It provides a simple approach to promoting mental health and wellbeing through positive action.
The Wheel of Wellbeing (WoW) was designed in 2008 and is an ongoing collaboration between the Mental Health Promotion Team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Uscreates. The work of WoW is currently supported by Maudsley International.
The WoW website offers practical resources online.
Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment
Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) is a systematic approach to assessing how proposals, programs, services, employers and projects can capitalise on opportunities to promote mental wellbeing, minimise risks to wellbeing and identify ways to measure success in achieving wellbeing. The MWIA uses Health Impact Assessment methods but focuses on the factors that are known to promote and protect mental wellbeing:
- a sense of control over one’s life including having choices and skills
- communities that are capable and resilient
- opportunities to participate, for example in making decisions or through work
- being included and connected.
The MWIA toolkit, guidance and MWIA reports are available on the Health Impact Assessment Gateway