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Mental Health Promotion

Mental health is the foundation for well-being and effective functioning for every individual and community.  The Public Health Agency of Canada defines positive mental health as "the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity”.  The aim of the Mental Health Promotion program is to enhance the mental health and well-being of the population across the lifespan.

There is a complex interplay of factors that impact our mental health and well-being.  Mental health promotion recognizes these factors and works at the individual, family and community level, collaborating with a variety of community partners to build capacity to support positive mental health.

Mental Health Promotion includes actions that

  1. promote mental well-being for the whole population;
  2. prevent mental health problems or illnesses; and
  3. improve quality of life and support recovery for people living with a mental illness.

The Mental Health Promotion program develops, implements, and evaluates numerous initiatives that aim to promote mental health by building upon strengths, enhancing protective factors and reducing risk factors to ultimately achieve mentally healthy individuals and communities.

Enhancing mental health promotion and well-being of newcomer children, youth and families in Manitoba. 

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For more information about WRHA Mental Health Promotion contact [email protected] or 204-940-3681

For more information on how to support positive mental health and well-being visit