POPULATION MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health is a public health priority that requires competent, confident front-line staff to work in collaboration with others to build healthy and resilient communities, and engage with individuals and families to provide appropriate supports. Last year, in response to gaps identified by the public health community, the six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCs) published a collection of resources on population mental health promotion for children and youth – a major contribution to the current knowledge base. The project resulted in a collection of topical papers, alongside general resources, including a background information and a resource scan, to help public health practitioners engage with the topic from a variety of perspectives. This year, the NCCs, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Centre for Addition and Mental Health, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, built on this work by convening a national forum to explore public health roles for promoting mental health and wellness.

Follow the links below for web stories and related resources from both projects, and visit the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy for their related work on this topic.  

Web stories 

Resources

Resources from the 2018 forum Population mental health and wellness promotion: Clarifying the roles of public health: 

The 2017 Population mental health promotion for children and youth collection includes:

  1. Population mental health promotion for children and youth – a collection for public health in Canada
  2. Foundations: definitions and concepts to frame population mental health promotion for children and youth
  3. Scan Report: resources for population mental health promotion for children and youth in Canada
  4. Database of resources for population mental health promotion for children and youth in Canada 
  5. Environmental influences on population mental health promotion for children and youth
  6. Chronic diseases and population mental health promotion for children and youth
  7. Infectious diseases and population mental health promotion for children and youth
  8. Healthy public policies and population mental health promotion for children and youth
  9. Considerations for Indigenous child and youth population mental health promotion in Canada