Department of Health

Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion Office

The Victorian Government has established the Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion Office in response to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. 

The Royal Commission recommended a renewed focus on mental health promotion and prevention, highlighting the value of a public health approach in reducing the prevalence of mental illness. 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion Office is responsible for developing a Statewide Wellbeing Plan and programs that include Social Inclusion Action Groups and Social Prescribing Trials.

Statewide Wellbeing Plan

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion Office is developing Victoria’s first Wellbeing Plan. The plan will promote good mental health for all Victorians wherever we live, work, learn and play. 

It will provide a coordinated approach that brings communities, service providers and government together to strengthen our focus on prevention, promotion and healing.

Community and cross-sector engagement has started on the development of the plan. 

Read more about the Statewide Wellbeing Plan.

Social Inclusion Action Groups

The Royal Commission recommended the establishment of community collectives in each of Victoria’s local government areas to support mental health and wellbeing. These community collectives have been renamed Social Inclusion Action Groups (SIAGs). 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion Office will provide coordination and support of the new SIAGs, with funding provided to local councils to establish the groups. 

Local community members will be leaders in this reform, identifying local community needs and initiatives to be funded that will promote social inclusion and connection.

Read more about Social Inclusion Action Groups.

Social Prescribing Trials 

Social prescribing trials will be implemented in the first six Local Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Services (Local Services). 

Social prescribing in the Local Services aims to support people to engage in non-clinical community-based activities, such as art, nature or other groups and activities to reduce loneliness and social isolation.

Read more about Social Prescribing Trials.

Reviewed 18 October 2022

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