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Defining a Population Mental Health Framework for Public Health
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Scan of Mental Health Strategies across Canada

Advancing Population Mental Health
On the site of the Ontario Health Promotion e-Bulletin.

Framework for Healthy Public Policies Favouring Mental Health (HPP-FMH)
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Annotated Bibliography: Population Mental Health
559 K

Canadian Resources

Mental Health Commission of Canada's website is home to a lot of information and many documents, including the mental health strategy for Canada “ Changing directions, changing lives”.

Canadian Best Practices Portal (section on Mental Health)
Public Health Agency of Canada.

Exploring Positive Mental Health.
Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2009). 
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Mentally Healthy Communities: A collection of Papers.
Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2008).
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International Resources

Social determiants of mental health. UCL Institute of Health Equity. World Health Organization and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2014). Geneva: World Health Organization.

The evidence of mental health promotion effectiveness: strategies for action. Promotion and Education. A special issue of IUHPE: Jané-Lopis, E., Barry, M., Hosman, C., Patel, V. (Eds).. (2005). Supplement – Hors série – Edición especial 2, 1-72.
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Addressing the Determinants of Positive Mental Health: Concepts, Evidence and Practice. 11, 3. Barry, M. (2009). International journal of mental health promotion. 
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Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project Outputs
Final Project report. The Government Office for Science, London.
12.1 MB

Promoting Mental Health: Concepts, Emerging Evidence, Practice. Herrman, H., Saxena, S., & Moodie, R. (Eds.). (2005). A Report of the World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Collaboration with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and University of Melbourne. Geneva: WHO.
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Mental health, resilience and inequalities. Friedli, L. (2009). WHO Europe.
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Barry, M. & Jenkins, R. (2007). Implementing Mental Health Promotion. Oxford: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier. For a preview click here.

Huppert, F. A., Baylis, N., & Keverne, B. (Eds.) (2005). The science of well-being. Oxford university press.
For a preview click here.

Diener, E., Lucas, R., Schimmack, U., & Helliwell, J. (2009). Well-being for public policy. Oxford university press.
For a preview click here.

Pascale Mantoura


Scan of Mental Health Strategies across Canada
This scan of mental health strategies was produced as part of a collaborative project to scan the strategies  in population mental health that are being developed in Canada.
Published in July 2014. Description.  Consult the scan.

The NCCHPP is the lead in a collaborative project on population mental health, in collaboration with the five other National Collaborating Centres (NCCs).

The Scan of Mental Health Strategies across Canada, presented here, is one of the products of this partnership. It aims to show what is being developed in the field of population mental health in Canada.

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The scan is presented in the form of a table that is divided into 6 sections:

  1. Provincial and territorial strategies in mental health whose objectives target different dimensions of the intervention continuum linked with mental well being and mental illness;
  2. Foundational and supporting documents in the field of population mental health;
  3. Broader upstream social policies that target the determinants of mental health;
  4. Strategies related to suicide prevention;
  5. Public health-related strategies; and
  6. Federal mental health-related strategies

In the table: by clicking on the title of a strategy, you will be directed to the website with the original document. If you click on S/O/E (Summary/Objectives/Evaluation), you will be directed to a summary page presenting a summary of the strategy, its objectives, and elements of its evaluation. When S/O/E is coloured in grey the information still needs to be included.

Methodology: an external consultant carried out semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders involved at the federal and provincial levels. The content of the scan is therefore not a comprehensive review of all strategies. It rather reflects the tools and strategies discussed during interviews. Over time, this document will likely be enhanced by readers' comments.

Help us keep this tool up to date!
Since strategies are constantly changing, we invite you to help us keep this tool up to date by letting us know of any changes affecting the information contained in this table. If you should note any omissions or errors, please let us know by contacting

People who contributed to this scan

Alima Alibhay, Paola Ardiles, Mylène Maguire, Pascale Mantoura

The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.