Encourage local leadership and initiative

It is important to ensure that primary prevention strategies and public mental health strategies reflect commitment to local communities and suggest ways to build positive relationships and encourage local leadership and initiative.

Introduce an approach where stigma and discrimination is challenged within communities through a more positive attitude towards what a person can do and how they can contribute to community and public life.

Involve whole communities in well-being and wider environmental initiatives like safer streets, zero tolerance on hate crimes, improved parks and leisure facilities, and links with housing policy. See for example, Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network www.wcen.org.uk

Build on alternative cultural and social views on health and well-being such as family harmony and forgiveness; and the importance of spiritual well-being or crisis and spiritual development.