According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”. The concept of mental health is related to the presence of positive attitudes, rather than the absence of something negative.
In Australia, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime with the most common conditions being anxiety and depression.
While the City of Greater Dandenong is not a direct service provider in the area of mental health, Council has a role in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of its residents.
The Greater Dandenong Community Wellbeing Plan 2010-13 reinforces the holistic nature of health and wellbeing by identifying actions that relate to the promotion of broad mental health.