The Wellbeing and Prevention Coalition in Mental Health
Partnerships and collaboration are critical to success in wellbeing and prevention efforts, and Prevention United is proud to be a member of the Wellbeing and Prevention Coalition in Mental Health – a group of like-minded organisations committed to enhancing Australia’s approach to preventive mental health.
Prevention Coalition Consensus Statements
Starting Upstream: Building a Strong and Sustainable Preventative Mental Health System for Australia
Provide dedicated and recurrent fundings streams for prevention
Create new leadership and governance structures for preventive mental health
Develop mechanisms to boost Australia’s capacity to implement safe, effective and cost-saving preventive mental health initiatives
Develop a highly skilled and widely distributed mental health promotion workforce
Track and report on funding, outputs and outcomes of government funded preventive mental health initiatives
Strengthen Australia’s capacity and capability in preventive mental health research
Support parents to help their children thrive
Build children and adolescents’ social supports and protective life skills
Support young people and adults to look after their mental health as well as their physical health
Create mentally healthy workplaces
Address the social determinants of mental health
Strengthen the research evidence and improve data collection
Building a Strong and Sustainable Preventive Mental Health System for Australia: A Joint Statement by the Wellbeing and Prevention Coalition in Mental Health
Despite steadily increasing investment in mental healthcare services over the last few decades, the prevalence of mental health conditions in Australia is rising rather than falling, services are struggling to keep up with demand, and individual, government and societal costs are escalating. The pandemic and recent natural disasters have further exacerbated a crisis in mental health. While a dramatic increase in mental healthcare spending is needed, upstream investment in primary prevention is also critical to managing the crisis. The Wellbeing and Prevention Coalition in Mental Health therefore calls on all political parties and candidates to make the primary prevention of mental health conditions a core pillar of their mental health policy.
You can read the full statement here.
Statement on the release of the National Preventive Health Strategy
The Wellbeing and Prevention Coalition in Mental Health congratulates the Federal Government on the launch of the National Preventive Health Strategy. We are particularly pleased to see promoting and protecting mental health and reducing alcohol and other drug harm feature in the new Strategy as focus areas.
We can no longer afford to leave mental health out of our preventative health and public health initiatives, and the Wellbeing and Prevention Coalition in Mental Health looks forward to working closely with Federal, State and Territory governments, and other key stakeholders in making this Strategy a success. Please access our full statement on the release of the Strategy here.