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An increasing number of children, young people and adults are experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems.  

There is no simple solution or quick fix here. Many people, schools, teams and regions are overwhelmed by the complexity of the problem and uncertain about the volumes of information, programs and strategies that focus on the prevention and management of mental health and wellbeing.

It is easy for individuals and communities to become leaves in the breeze and look for quick solutions or answers, and drift from one initiative to the next.

A key pillar in addressing complex issues like mental health and wellbeing are community owned and led wellbeing solutions.

At LBI Foundation, we have been dedicated to this work. Through collaborations with numerous researchers, practitioners and community leaders, we have critically reviewed the science of wellbeing, resilience and community wellbeing. Through this, we have tested and refined specialist methods to equip and empower individuals, communities and systems to bring together this science with local wisdom and strengths, through the implementation method of intentional practice. This is what we have learnt. 

To build mental health and wellbeing outcomes, communities need to come together around a unifying vision, approach and set of intentional actions, to both prevent mental health and wellbeing problems in the first place, and to help people to quickly get back on their feet. A unifying vision and aspiration we hold and share are ‘wellbeing-responsive communities’.

What are Wellbeing Responsive Communities?

Wellbeing responsive communities are: Connected thriving communities

Their members are equipped and empowered to work side-by-side together to:

  1. Understand the science of wellbeing, trauma, resilience and growth
  2. Intentionally draw upon this science to build wellbeing outcomes personalised to individual and collective community members
  3. Intentionally blend science together with their existing local wisdom, strengths and initiatives.
  4. Navigate the landscape of mental health and wellbeing, and deliver local wellbeing solutions.

How do you build wellbeing-responsive communities?

A Key 'How' Pillar: Wellbeing Responsive Practices

A key pillar is to equip and empower  individuals, communities and systems, from caregivers to leaders, with knowledge and skills to implement wellbeing-responsive practices in the way they teach, care for and help those they are entrusted to support.

In other words, the community provides a supportive growth environment, where communication, support, strategies, programs and policies ‘respond’ to the unique context and needs of individual, families and groups; and build collective capacity to thrive. 

We define wellbeing-responsive practice as a relationship focused approach and set of intentional actions.

As an approach, it is focused on supporting adults, communities and systems understanding and bringing ongoing awareness to the unique needs and contexts of humans, with a particular focus on the diverse psychological, social, economic, environmental and community factors impacting on wellbeing and mental health outcomes.

Through this awareness, we define wellbeing-responsive practice as a set of intentional actions (or expressed skills) where supporting adults, communities and systems bring focus to and action five areas of intent. 

Five Key Intents

These intents provide an organising framework to name and strengthen existing strategies, and identify areas of ongoing growth or development to build a wellbeing responsive community. This includes, supporting adults, programs and systems:

  • Taking a Personalised and Broad Understanding – bringing ongoing awareness to the circumstances, context and deeper under the surface factors driving mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
  • Side-By-Side Supportfostering side-by-side (safe-base) supporting relationships as the catalyst for optimal mental health and wellbeing, and providing a base for growth and recovery, where required. 
  • Responding to Needintentionally responding to the core under the surface needs that drive mental health and wellbeing outcomes, as opposed to reacting or focusing just on surface presentation.
  • Building Capacity (Growth and Upskilling) – bringing a growth intent to equipping and empowering community members to develop core wellbeing, resilience and social-emotional learning competencies, including the awareness, skills and mindsets for resilience and thriving life outcomes.
  • Collaborating with shared intent –  bringing ongoing focus to building a shared growth intent or set of plans between community members (including children, families, young people adults, professionals) to develop personalised mental health and wellbeing solutions, aligned to what is important to them.   

These five areas of intent can be brought to focus and actioned by caregivers, teachers, practitioners, leaders and systems.

LBI Foundation and Wellbeing Responsive Communities (and Practices)

LBI Foundation works side-by-side with teams, schools, programs and regions to equip and empower them to build 'wellbeing-responsive communities'.

We have exclusive rights to the IMPACT Program.

IMPACT takes these five intents into action. It offers a practical approach, method and set of tools to enable the science of wellbeing to be understood and applied by children, adults, communities and systems.