2024 Annual Health Promotion Conference



 Implementing a Systems Approach to Mental Health Promotion: From Policy to Practice

  Thursday 13 June 2024

 Áras Moyola, University of Galway


Conference Theme:

Mental health is one of the most important public health challenges of our time. Promoting mental health and wellbeing requires intersectoral action at all levels of society, embracing a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach. However, there is a need for better understanding of how a whole-system approach can be implemented in practice to lead to more equitable mental health outcomes for more people.


This year’s Annual Health Promotion Conference takes place in the context of national policy developments on mental health promotion, including the Health Service Executive Stronger Together: Mental Health Promotion Plan 2022-2025 and the development of Pathways to Wellbeing: National Mental Health Promotion Framework by the Department of Health, which provide strategic direction for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing at a population level in Ireland, underpinned by a whole-of-government approach.


This conference provides a unique platform for practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and international experts to present and discuss innovative, effective and sustainable approaches to promoting mental health and wellbeing across sectors and settings. The conference will consider how mental health promotion can be advanced, by reflecting on the policy frameworks, implementation structures, processes and practice developments that are required to strengthen mental health promotion at a systems level.



The 2024 Health Promotion Conference will address the following objectives:


  • Consider current national and international policy frameworks for implementing a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to promoting population mental health and wellbeing.
  • Examine key implementation structures and processes to support the delivery of intersectoral mental health promotion at a population-wide level.
  • Explore the practice requirements for implementing mental health promotion across settings and sectors.
  • Identify the workforce and organizational capacity development needed to deliver mental health promotion.
  • Showcase examples of innovative practice in mental health promotion.
  • Consider evidence and research for advancing mental health promotion policy and practice. 
  • Provide an opportunity for health promotion practitioners, policymakers and researchers to engage in knowledge exchange concerning mental health promotion.



Further conference details will be posted here.

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