RAQ was successful in securing funding for one of three Regional Mental Health and Wellbeing Hubs funded by the Queensland Mental health Commission under the Early Action: Queensland Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Action Plan 2015-17. Our hub covers the regions of Logan and Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI).
Early Action acknowledges that good mental health and wellbeing are fundamental to all our lives. It is the foundation of flourishing individuals, families, and communities, and central to achieving long-term social and economic prosperity.
The work of the Logan and Southern Moreton Bay Islands Wellbeing Hub is to improve knowledge and understanding of positive mental health, including the ways in which individuals and communities can enhance and protect mental health and wellbeing. This includes promoting the understanding that mental health wellbeing is an important end in itself and not just an absence of illness.
Early Action acknowledges that communities play a central role in supporting and protecting good mental health and wellbeing through fostering social inclusion, connectedness and equity, and enabling access to resources and services. While mental health and wellbeing is important to all, certain groups are at increased risk of poor mental health and wellbeing due to a range of individual, social and environmental circumstances. In addition to a whole-of-community focus, the Logan and SMBI Hub will work with key groups identified as being at risk of poor mental health and wellbeing.
As far as possible, the Hub will identify and utilise existing evidence-based mental health and wellbeing frameworks, programs and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing. This includes the Wheel-of-Wellbeing (WoW). Developed and widely used across the United Kingdom by South London and Maudsley National Health Service Foundation Trust, WoW is informed by an extensive body of evidence that is translated into a practical and accessible framework to build knowledge and understanding of positive mental health in individuals and communities, to support individual wellbeing and resilience.
The project will focus on disseminating wellbeing information, resources and capacity through community networks, systems and services, including traditional and online networks. WoW workshops will be delivered to members of the communities and service providers.
The work and learnings of the Logan and SMBI Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub will be shared with other hubs and successful community approaches will inform future Mental Health and Wellbeing directions for Queensland.
The expected results of this project include:
- Key service providers in Logan have enhanced understanding of positive mental health and wellbeing.
- Key service providers in Logan have increased capacity and resources to enhance the wellbeing of their staff and community clients.
- Mental health and wellbeing included in service, organisational, community plans, strategies and network meetings.
- Key initiatives incorporate approaches such as Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment and Wheel or Wellbeing into their planning and practice.
- A range of Logan community members (including those who are at risk of poor wellbeing) will have increased understanding, knowledge and capacity for improved mental health and wellbeing.