Introduction

Mental health and emotional wellbeing affect all aspects of our lives and health choices. Mental wellbeing is about feeling good and functioning well, as individuals and as communities. It is also about our ability to cope with life’s problems and making the most of life’s opportunities.

Good mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. It is the foundation for wellbeing. It is something you have to take care of, rather than take for granted.

Public mental health shifts the focus from mental illness to looking at how we can promote wellbeing. It is based on creating the right conditions for good mental health and wellbeing, and on ensuring early interventions are in place when things start to go wrong.