Mental Health

Mental Health Promotion

Mental health is the foundation for well-being and effective functioning for every individual and community.  The Public Health Agency of Canada defines positive mental health as “the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity".  The aim of the Mental Health Promotion program is to enhance the mental health and well-being of the population across the lifespan. 

There is a complex interplay of factors that impact our mental health and well-being.  Mental health promotion recognizes these factors and works at the individual, family and community level, collaborating with a variety of community partners to build capacity to support positive mental health.

Mental Health Promotion includes actions that 1) promote mental well-being for the whole population, 2) prevent mental health problems or illnesses, and 3) improve quality of life and support recovery for people living with a mental illness.

The Mental Health Promotion program develops, implements, and evaluates numerous initiatives that aim to promote mental health by building upon strengths, enhancing protective factors and reducing risk factors to ultimately achieve mentally healthy individuals and communities.

For more information about WRHA Mental Health Promotion contact: or 204-940-3681

For more information on how to support positive mental health and well-being visit

Program Overview

The Mental Health Promotion program is engaged with the following programs and organizations in supporting the mental health and well-being of the population.


The Mental Health Promotion team, through a grant from the Children's Hospital Foundation, has developed a new resource called:  Enhancing mental health promotion and well-being of newcomer children, youth and families in Manitoba. To watch the video in English or French go to  To read about the development of this video and the full project, see the Highlights document (2 pages) or the Executive Summary (19 pages).

Promoting Mental Health in the Early Years

Handle with Care- promoting the mental health of young children

Parents of Young Children

Towards Flourishing – promoting the mental well-being of parents and families through Manitoba’s Families First Home Visiting Program

Perinatal Mental Health – information for women and their families regarding mental health and well-being during pregnancy and the postpartum period

Postpartum Depression brochure –scroll down for English side

School-based Mental Health Promotion

The WRHA Mental Health Promotion program partners with school divisions to develop and support a whole-school approach for positive mental health. Informed by evidence and best-practice, our program provides consultation, support, assistance with assessment, planning, professional development, student and parent engagement, and supports the implementation of mental health promotion programs.

Resources for mental health promotion in schools:

Manitoba Government overview of Mental Health Promotion in Schools

Positive Mental Health Toolkit – Schools

Post-Secondary Institutions

The program also works with post-secondary institutions on whole-campus approaches to mental health and well-being.

See Post-Secondary Student Mental Health: Guide to a Systemic Approach

Mental Health Promotion Materials for Adults

Mentally Healthy Everyday brochure

Enjoy Life More poster

Enjoy Life More postcard

21 Ways to Enjoy Life More cardset

Mental Health Promotion Materials ORDER FORM

Older Adults

            Thrive over 55 English

            Thrive over 55 French

The WRHA Mental Health Promotion program writes a regular column called Balance in WAVE Winnipeg's Health & Wellness Magazine

Mental Health Week

The WRHA Mental Health Promotion team supports Mental Health Week, which is a Canadian Mental Health Association national campaign held every year in May. Click on the following link for details.

Online Resources

Ways to Well-being Guide

Here to Help Wellness Modules

Greater Good in Action

Reaching In – Reaching Out – promoting the resilience of adults and young children

Attachment Network of Manitobasupporting best practice for enhancing secure attachment across the lifespan

Best Practice

Best Practice Guidelines for Infant Mental Health: Early Years

Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: for Children and Youth

Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: for Older Adults 55+

Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs for: Refugees

Key Documents

Changing Directions, Changing Lives: the Mental Health Strategy for Canada

Exploring Positive Mental Health

National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace







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