The Collaborative acknowledges that the definition of wellbeing is as unique, individual and different as communities, individuals and organisations. Therefore, instead of providing a set definition of what wellbeing is, we have gathered a few definitions from our discussions with communities, organisations and individuals. Please find below a few definitions:


  • Wellbeing is a positive state of mind and body, feeling safe and able to cope, with a sense of connection with people, communities and wider environment.

New Horizons: A Shared Vision for Mental Health England: Department of Health 2009


  • Mental health: a state of wellbeing

Mental health is defined as 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.

World Health Organisation


  • Aboriginal health means not just the physical wellbeing of an individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of the whole Community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being, thereby bringing about the total wellbeing of their Community. It is a whole-of-life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life.

National Aboriginal Health Strategy 1989

Find out more about the different aspects of wellbeing and the Wheel of Wellbeing.