Mental illness prevention

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Glossary Item
METeOR identifier:495000
Registration status:Health, Superseded 16/01/2020

Mental illness prevention includes services that work to prevent the onset of mental disorders, in order to reduce the incidence and prevalence of mental illness in the community. Mental illness prevention activities are directed at reducing known risk factors and/or preventing people that display early signs of mental illness from developing a diagnosable mental illness. These activities can be either population-wide or targeted at vulnerable segments of the community.

In contrast to Mental health promotion, which seeks to enhance the population's mental health, Mental illness prevention aims to prevent the development of mental illness.

Context:Mental health non-government organisation establishments service type taxonomy.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Distinguishing features:
  • Population-based
  • Vulnerable segments of the community
  • Typically long-term activities


  • Mental illness prevention activities


Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

See also Mental health non-government organisation service type code N[N] Health, Standard 13/11/2014, ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018

Has been superseded by Mental illness prevention Health, Standard 16/01/2020

Metadata items which use this glossary item:

Mental health non-government organisation establishments NBEDS 2015- Health, Standard 13/11/2014

Mental health non-government organisation grants cluster Health, Superseded 16/01/2020
ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018

Mental health promotion Health, Superseded 16/01/2020

Mental illness prevention mental health service type cluster Health, Standard 13/11/2014