Foundations: Definitions and concepts to frame population mental health promotion for children and youth
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The work of promoting population mental health for children and youth is already happening in many public health settings in Canada. However, practitioners have told us that they still feel uncertain about how to most effectively integrate population health promotion in their practice.
The six NCCs for Public Health collaborated on a project to increase understanding of population mental health promotion for children and youth. Together, they developed a collection of documents to mobilize knowledge, clarify key concepts, and strengthen public health practice in this area.
This paper by the NCCDH contributes to the collection by providing definitions and background on key concepts, including the determinants of positive mental health for children and youth. A population approach to mental health promotion, as well as a description of setting and public health roles are also included as foundational concepts.
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (2017). Foundations: Definitions and concepts to frame population mental health promotion for children and youth. Canada: National Collaborating Centres for Public Health.