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

This event will be jointly hosted by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH), St. Francis Xavier University’s Faculty of Education and Department of Psychology, the Mulroney Institute of Government and the Maple League of Universities.

This seminar will present the concept of positive mental health, describe the positive mental health status of Canadian youth and adults and demonstrate how positive mental health is related to social determinants of health. It will also discuss how — for youth — autonomy, competence and relatedness are associated with prosocial and negative behaviours, bullying, being bullied and school connectedness.

Location: Schwartz Auditorium, St. Francis Xavier University



Dr. Heather Orpana is a Research Scientist in the Centre for Surveillance and Applied Research at the Public Health Agency of Canada, where she leads a team that conducts research to meet the evidence needs of the Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch. Dr. Orpana led the development of the Positive Mental Health Surveillance Indicator Framework, which presents data on positive mental health outcomes, risk and protective factors to help inform programs and policies.  She is passionate about knowledge exchange and ensuring that research evidence meets the needs of practitioners and decision makers to improve the health of Canadians. Dr. Orpana received her PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Ottawa and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa.


A live stream of this event will be available here.

A recording will be available on the NCCDH website after the event.

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