Environment & Orgs Also Healthy or Ill

6. Positive mental health applies to more than people

The concept of ‘positive health’ doesn’t just apply to people. While the language in the first five assumptions was focused on individuals in order to simplify the language, organizations, communities, settings or places of different kinds (campuses, workplaces, homes etc.) can also be more or less healthy. The same assumptions apply to these larger aggregations, for example there is also a gradient or spectrum with such settings.

Thus, mentally healthy campuses are important not only as health-enabling environments for the benefits to the people who work and study, but also to the organization’s effectiveness at achieving its vision and mission. The degree of health (organizations can also range along a gradient equivalent to languishing to flourishing) influences the organization’s effectiveness.

The tool What is a Mentally Healthy Campus? provides helpful information on the various components of a mentally healthy campus and thus the various types of strategies that are important to include in your overall strategy. The Mentally healthy campus systemic maturity model in that tool provides some examples of the types of strategies that might be used in each quadrant.