Mental health

What are the goals of mental
health promotion?

The goals of mental health promotion are to:
• to increase resilience and protective factors
• to decrease risk factors
• to reduce inequities.
Increasing resilience and protective factors
Mental health promotion aims to strengthen the ability of individuals, families and
communities to cope with stressful events that happen in their everyday lives by:
• increasing an individual’s or community’s resilience
• increasing coping skills
• improving quality of life and feelings of satisfaction
• increasing self-esteem
• increasing sense of well-being
• strengthening social supports
• strengthening the balance of physical, social, emotional, spiritual and
psychological health.
Decreasing risk factors
Mental health promotion aims to reduce the factors that place individuals, families
and communities at risk of diminishing mental health by reducing or eliminating:
• anxiety
• depression
• stress and distress
• sense of helplessness
• abuse and violenceB

Older adults 55+
• problematic substance use
• suicidal ideation or history of suicide attempts.
Reducing inequities
Mental health promotion aims to reduce inequities and their consequent effects
on mental health. Inequities are often based on:
• gender
• age
• poverty
• physical or mental disability
• employment status
• race
• ethnic and/or cultural background
• sexual orientation
• geographic location.
Mental health promotion attempts to reduce inequities by:
• implementing diversity policies
• providing diversity training
• creating transitional programs for identified groups (i.e., tailoring programs
to make them more inclusive of or responsive to marginalized populations)
• promoting anti-stigma initiatives/campaigns.