VicHealth focuses on strengthening social connections to improve health and wellbeing – both mental and physical.

Our social connections comprise people we know; the friends we confide in, the family we belong to and the community we live in. The need to belong, be connected and engaged in group and civic activities are intrinsic to mental health and wellbeing.

These seemingly simple needs have a profound impact on mental health and wellbeing. However, activities that focus on enhancing social connection and participation must bring together many complex elements.

Important aspects of social connection include:

  • supportive social networks; family, friends and community groups
  • participation in social activities such as those run by community groups or clubs
  • civic engagement through community groups, such as church or volunteer, service clubs, and professional or political associations.

Active Arts Strategy

The VicHealth Active Arts Strategy aims to encourage physical activity and improve mental wellbeing for the benefit of all Victorians.

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Innovation Challenge: Arts

We're looking for new ideas which can achieve physical and mental wellbeing by bringing people together to be involved in active and participatory arts activities.

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