Mental health promotion

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Glossary Item
METeOR identifier:721782
Registration status:Health, Standard 16/01/2020

Mental health promotion includes services that operate on a population level which aim to raise awareness of mental health issues, improve mental health literacy, reduce stigma and discrimination and maximise the population's mental health and well-being. Mental health promotion may include programs targeted to population segments, based on age (e.g. early childhood) or setting (e.g. school or workplace), as well as initiatives to educate the general population.

This category also includes community-wide activities that provide information and education designed to enhance community understanding, increase the likelihood of identifying and addressing mental health problems and promote good mental health. These programs may be targeted towards specific at-risk communities or communities affected by disaster or trauma.


Mental health non-government organisation establishments service type taxonomy.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Distinguishing features:

  • Provision of information and education
  • Population-based
  • Typically long-term initiatives


  • Mental health promotion activities
  • Mental health awareness raising initiatives
  • Anti-discrimination and stigma reduction activities


Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Mental health promotion Health, Superseded 16/01/2020

Metadata items which use this glossary item:

Mental health non-government organisation payments cluster Health, Standard 16/01/2020

Mental illness prevention Health, Standardisation pending 26/11/2019