Healthy Ireland aims to improve both the physical and mental health and wellbeing of people in Ireland.
As the Healthy Ireland Framework sets out, wellbeing is an integral part of health. Wellbeing reflects the quality of life and the various factors which can influence it over the course of a person’s life.
Wellbeing also reflects the concept of positive mental health, in which a person can realise his or her own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and be able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Consideration of health and wellbeing requires a shift in focus from what can go wrong in people’s lives, to focusing on what makes their lives go well.
There are a number of existing mental health awareness campaigns and supports which aim to improve awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing in Ireland.