July 2012 – The Mental Health Commission of NSW was established for the purpose of monitoring, reviewing and improving the mental health system and the mental health and well-being of the people of NSW
January 2014 – Commission hosted Tony Coggins from Maudsley International to start a discussion on wellbeing promotion and measurement
April 2014 – Wellbeing Collaborative working group established
November 2014 – Planning session for Collaborative’s long term vision
December 2014 – Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 adopted by NSW Government, which included a recommendation to establish a Wellbeing Collaborative
February 2015 – Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) training and workshops held for Collaborative members, including three demonstration sites
August 2016 – Staff from Wellbeing Collaborative Leadership members iCare, NSW Department of Education and the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health joined the Mental Health Commission of NSW to undergo training in mental wellbeing impact assessment (MWIA) methodology
February 2017 – As part of the 2017 International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, 20 wellbeing innovators came together for two days to generate ideas on how to mobilise people and organisations for the promotion of wellbeing
September 2017 – Wellbeing Series released
In more detail
In January 2014, the Commission engaged Tony Coggins, Head of Mental Health Promotion, South London and Maudsley International Foundation Trust (Maudsley International) to raise awareness in the use of Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) tool.
Tony Coggins’ visit generated discussions between the Commission, government and non-government agencies which proved there was a strong interest in working to improve the wellbeing of all people in NSW. This resulted in the establishment of the Wellbeing Collaborative working group in April 2014.
In November 2014, the Commission engaged Maudsley International to discuss the long-term vision and goals for the Wellbeing Collaborative with interested government and non-government organizations over a two-day planning workshop.
In December 2014, the NSW Government adopted Living Well: A Strategic Plan for Mental Health in NSW 2014-2024 developed by the NSW Mental Health Commission. The Strategic Plan has numerous actions focused on improving the wellbeing of all people in NSW and the use of Mental Health and Wellbeing Assessments including:
- 3.1.1 Establish a NSW Wellbeing Collaborative to support wellbeing initiatives among organisations, share knowledge and promote innovative and successful activities
- 3.1.2 Implement local mental health and wellbeing promotion activities, complementary to national activity
- 3.1.3 Promote the use of wellbeing impact assessments to determine the impact of initiatives on the wellbeing of the community
- 4.3.1 All NSW government agencies should:
- Develop a mechanism to include Mental Health and Wellbeing Impact Assessments in the use of development of review of policy and legislation
- Review existing policies and legislation to assess the extent to which they are consistent with the aims of this Plan
In February 2015, MWIA training and workshops were held for Collaborative members, including three demonstration sites.
The Wellbeing Collaborative was launched in Sydney in June 2015.
Between June 2015 and the present time, members of the Strategic Leadership Group of the NSW Wellbeing Collaborative have met regularly to progress priorities for building capacity in wellbeing promotion in NSW.
In August 2016 staff from Wellbeing Collaborative Strategic Leadership Group members icare, NSW Department of Education and the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health joined the Mental Health Commission of NSW to undergo training in using the MWIA screening tool. A number of representatives in NSW are now able to deliver training in implementation of the screening tool – a less resource intensive version of the full MWIA tool.
As part of the 2017 International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership held in Sydney and hosted by the NSW Mental Health Commission, 20 leaders from across Australia, New Zealand and the UK came together for two days to generate ideas on how to mobilise people and organisations for the promotion of wellbeing. Participants were able to see innovative wellbeing programs in practice, discuss tools for designing for wellbeing, and look at the role of measurement and indicators.
In September 2017 three publications in a Wellbeing Series were released:
- Wellbeing language and definitions guide
- Principles for action for thriving individuals, families, workplaces and communities
- A case for change for thriving individuals, families, workplaces and communities