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Capacity building

Improving the capacity of organisations and individuals to use evidence-based tools for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing is a key focus of the Commission.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Capacity Building Project, undertaken in partnership with Implemental (previously Maudsley International), aimed to give key stakeholders across community, non-government and government sectors the awareness, knowledge and skills to increase the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and groups.

In 2021 the Commission engaged Lirata Consulting to design and deliver a qualitative review and documentation of the Wellbeing Capacity Building Project to examine and document the reach, impact, and broader ripple effect that has occured from the project implementation.

Read the project overview or the project review report.

The Commission worked with Implemental to promote and examine two key tools in the Queensland context:

  1. the Wheel of Wellbeing
  2. Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment.

These three case studies examine the implemtnation of these tools in different contexts:

Wheel of Wellbeing

Developed by Implemental, the Wheel of Wellbeing—or WoW—is a flexible framework that represents the six universal themes that contribute to mental health and wellbeing: body, mind, spirit, people, place and planet. Using positive psychology, WoW links each of the six themes to positive action to promote mental wellbeing.  

To learn more, visit the Wheel of Wellbeing.

Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment

The Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) is a systematic approach to promote wellbeing, minimise risks to wellbeing, and identify ways to measure success in achieving wellbeing.  

It can be applied to the workplace, programs, proposals, services, and projects to capitalise on opportunities for mental health and wellbeing.

The MWIA toolkit highlights four core protective factors that impact mental health and 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 reports are available on the Health Impact Assessment Gateway.