Prevention Institute works to promote mental health and wellbeing, prevent mental health problems, and in cases where possible, prevent mental illness. Emerging evidence suggests that certain mental health problems can be prevented, while in others onset may be delayed and severity of symptoms decreased. Prevention efforts are most successful when they use multi-faceted solutions that address not only individuals, but also their environments, including home, work, and school.
Mental health problems impact overall health and well-being. Sound mental health contributes to quality of life, enables people to care for themselves and others, and reduces the risk of substance abuse, failing in school, and suicide. Applying a primary prevention framework to mental health can support the care and treatment of those in need while also reducing the stigma associated with mental health problems.
Prevention Institute helps provide a prevention-oriented framework to strengthen prevention and early intervention work associated with mental health outcomes. Our efforts include overall strategy development, exploring the linkages between mental health and other key public health issues (including violence, nutrition and physical activity), synthesis of research, training and consultations on key prevention frameworks, coalition building, and organizational practice change to support program effectiveness and sustainability.