The community is a recognised as a powerful setting to promote positive mental health and wellbeing because communities comprise of a range of organisations, groups and services each of which may provide potential for delivering mental health promotion across a wide range of population groups and settings. A community perspective recognises the important role that various organisations outside of the health sector can play in promoting positive mental health (Sheridan & McElhinney, 2016).
Communities can promote positive mental health and wellbeing through a number of different initiatives:
Access to green open spaces to promote physical activity
Social groups to promote social connections
Arts and Creativity spaces/instalments in the community
Mental Health Ireland has a well-established profile in communities across Ireland through our network of Mental Health Associations and Development Officers. We have the flexibility to deliver tailored mental health promotion programmes within the community. Mental Health Ireland can facilitate communities to set the agenda for promoting their own mental health by helping them to identify their needs and to agree local priorities in addressing issues relating to mental health and wellbeing.
For more information on the training Mental Health Ireland can offer your community please see here
(c) www.mentalhealthireland.ie – Where you can sign up for Community Training Programmes
Our Community Team in County Kildare Leader Partnership – can help you if you are a community group interested in taking part in Community Supports