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Positive mental health and well-being across the life course: Concepts and social determinants

Positive mental health and well-being across the life course: Concepts and social determinants

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Dr. Heather Orpana’s (Public Health Agency of Canada) presentation titled “Positive mental health and well-being across the life course: Concepts and social determinants” was co-hosted at St. Francis Xavier University on October 10, 2018, by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University’s Faculty of Education and Department of Psychology, the Mulroney Institute of Government and the Maple League of Universities.

Promoting mental health for Canadian youth

Orpana’s talk addresses the concept of positive mental health, the positive mental health status of Canadian youth and adults, and how positive mental health is related to the social determinants of health. The three-factor model of mental health and dual-continuum framework for mental health are explored, defining the difference between positive mental health and mental illness.

Orpana also discusses an ecological approach to positive mental health. In addition, she provides some context for the measurement and surveillance of positive mental health across the population, as well as how this intersects with income, sex, urban/rural residence and other risk and protective factors. The recording also outlines how — for youth — autonomy, competence and relatedness are associated with prosocial and negative behaviours, bullying, being bullied and school connectedness.

Use this resource to

  • facilitate a discussion about positive mental health for children and youth;
  • discuss measurement and reporting of mental health status among Canadians; and
  • explore the social determinants of positive mental health and their contribution to health inequities.

Reference

Orpana, H. Positive mental health and well-being across the life course: concepts and social determinants. Lecture presented at: St. Francis Xavier University; 2018 Oct 10; Antigonish, NS, Canada.

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Tags: Assess and report, Mental Health, Public Health Agency of Canada, Video

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