Based on sound research and clinical experience, the Life Is… Foundation emphasises that one of the most broadly accessible ways of preventing the development of mental health issues and self-harm is by focusing upon and wellbeing and practising self care. This is consistent with the principles of Positive Psychology including Seligman’s concept of ‘inoculation’ from stressors and building resilience.
Enhanced wellbeing has also been shown to be one of the best predictors of future mental and physical health.
- To expand and deepen our understanding of depression, self harm and suicidal behaviour in children, young people and adults, as well as our understanding of ways of being well.
- To explore and action innovative and diverse ways of preventing, treating and working with people, particularly young people, in dealing with depression, self harm and suicidal behaviour while acknowledging their daily challenges. This also includes postvention activities.
- To work within a framework of optimism and hope, that emphasises:
a ‘whole of person’ approach recognising physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual realms of being
the importance of purpose and meaning in people’s lives