About the Mental Wellness Network
The Mental Wellness Network of Waterloo Region was formed in 2012 under the name “The Waterloo Region Mental Health Work Group.” The group came together after a local Waterloo Region community picture identified healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health as three key areas to focus local policy advocacy work.
In 2013, the group worked with the Sustainable Societies Consulting Group to ask the local community how to promote mental health for all. The local community ranked broader community mental health promotion and building inclusive communities as the highest priorities. To understand how to promote broad community mental health, the group completed a literature review in 2016 on mental health promotion and set the following vision and objectives to guide their work.
We believe that every person has the right to be supported in living a healthy positive life. A community benefits when mental health is encouraged and supported.
Our mission is to promote mental health and wellbeing for all across the lifespan and to foster stronger, connected communities where everyone feels they belong. The Mental Wellness Network of Waterloo Region is focused on mental health promotion at a population level.
The Mental Wellness Network of Waterloo Region aims to encourage individuals, families, organizations and the local communities to participate in mental health promotion by focusing on two key action areas:
1) Community Awareness – increase public understanding of mental health and wellbeing as positive concepts that are important for overall health. Educate others on the simple actions that can be taken to improve mental health and wellbeing.
2) Partnership and Capacity Building – work in partnership with individuals and organizations to help others understand their role in promoting mental health and wellbeing. Support community agencies and businesses to promote mental health and wellbeing through their policies and programs.