Social inclusion is central to promoting mental health and minimising the disability associated with mental illness. Social inclusion is about being able to participate in and contribute to all aspects of a society that genuinely includes people living with mental illness; that supports, intervenes and prevents crises; and that does not discriminate or stigmatise. Community-based organisations are well placed to make the principles of social inclusion real within communities.
Social Inclusion: Its importance to mental health
This MHCC paper summarises the evidence linking community-based strategies with recovery, and the evidence linking social inclusion with positive mental health. In doing so, it places the community in its broadest sense at the heart of each individual’s experience of their own mental health. It articulates the value and place of the non government sector as an integral part of the mental health care landscape in NSW, as well as in the social fabric of community, particularly in relation to its essential role in promoting and enabling social inclusion.
From Discrimination to Social Inclusion: A review of the literature on anti stigma initiatives in mental health
This paper has been prepared by Queensland Alliance and funded by all the community managed mental health state and territory peaks. It recognises that addressing stigma, discrimination and social inclusion will make a significant impact in the lives of those people with mental health issues. This impact will flow through to benefit society as a whole. This paper makes several recommendations for best practice in this area and tells us what works.