Promoting Mental Health 4 Life (MH4L) is a learning resource to help individuals and organisations improve both their own mental health and the mental health of the people they serve.
Positive mental health is central to living a fulfilling life, from birth to older age, and we all have a role to play in promoting it. Promoting positive mental health can be achieved by increasing psychological wellbeing and resilience, and by creating supportive living conditions and environments. There are many small but powerful steps that can be taken by individuals and organisations from all sectors which can make an impact on mental health. This resource is designed to distil those into a concise and accessible form, with links to other resources for further information.
The content is organised according to a life-course approach, with sections on promoting mental health at each stage of life to reflect the needs of individuals at different points in their development. Additional sections address mental health promotion with schools, employers, health and emergency services, and councils.
This work was led by Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Psychiatry and Cultural Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London, Consultant Psychiatrist at East London Foundation Trust, and co-founder of Careif. This project was funded by the Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL) and was supported by Dr. Geraldine Strathdee, the National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England.