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Article - A Framework for Supporting Action in Population Mental Health
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Seminar - Promoting Population Mental Health and Wellbeing for Children and Youth - Innovative Approaches to Policy, Practice and Research

Population Mental Health in Canada: Summary of Emerging Needs and Orientations to Support the Public Health Workforce
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Population Mental Health in Canada: An Overview of the Context, Stakeholders and Initiatives to Support Action in Public Health
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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
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Canadian Resources
Positive mental health surveillance indicator Framework. Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada (2016).

Mental health promotion: Let's start speaking the same language. Watson, S. et McDonald, K.  Region of Waterloo Public Health & Emergency Services (2016).

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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Blogue Qualaxia
A site for discussing population mental health (in French)

International Resources

A special number of « La santé en action (Santé publique France) » on Promoting population mental health (Promouvoir la santé mentale de la population) (Available in French only). (March 2017).

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

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.). Supplement – Hors série – Edición especial 2, 1-72. (2005).
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Addressing the Determinants of Positive Mental Health: Concepts, Evidence and Practice. 11, 3. Barry, M. International journal of mental health promotion (2009).
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Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project Outputs
Final Project report. The Government Office for Science, London.
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Promoting Mental Health: Concepts, Emerging Evidence, Practice. Herrman, H., Saxena, S., & Moodie, R. (Eds). 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 (2005).
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Mental health, resilience and inequalities. Friedli, L. (2009). WHO Europe.
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Evidence-based mental health promotion resource. Keleher, H., & Armstrong, R. Report for the Department of Human Services and VicHealth, Melbourne (2005).

Wellbeing - Why it matters to health policy. Health is the top thing people say matters to their wellbeing. DH-UK (2014).

What you need to know about mental health inequalities. DH-Scotland (2010).

Whole series on wellbeing across the life course. Starting well- developing well- living well-working well-aging well-… DH-UK.

What Works Centre for Wellbeing (UK).

The UKs Faculty of public health website on better mental health for all (UK).

Pascale Mantoura


The NCCHPP's population mental health (PMH) project is developed around three major axes:

  1. The contribution to a knowledge base on PMH.
  2. A scan of mental health strategies and foundational documents on mental health in Canada.
  3. The identification, analysis and diffusion of strengths and needs of public health actors working in PMH.
The documents initially published largely supported axes 1 and 2:

Since our last update, we have mainly supported axes 1 and 3 of our project.

Axis 1: The contribution to a knowledge base on PMH

  • In December 2015, the NCCHPP participated in a discussion day on mental health promotion at the Journées annuelles de santé publique (JASP - Québec's Annual Public Health Days), in Montréal. Click here to consult this presentation.

  • A briefing note was published on Mental Health in the Field of Health Impact Assessment. This document outlines three approaches in this field and discusses their contribution to the practice of health impact assessment and the various ways it is used today. Click here to read this document.

  • We have added a second presentation (PMH: What?) to our series of web presentations on PMH (Why? What? Who? Where? When? and How?). This series characterizes the many facets of PMH. The first two web presentations in this series, which answer the questions Why? and What? are available on our website, click here to watch them.

  • Finally, we have started work on an extensive collaborative project with the other National Collaborating Centres for Public Health (NCCPH) on population mental health promotion for children and youth. The NCCHPP contributes to this project through many activities.

Axis 3: The identification, analysis and diffusion of strengths and needs of public health actors working in PMH

In 2014, the NCCHPP in collaboration with the other NCCs, surveyed Canadian public health practitioners' needs in population mental health. In 2015 we shared results on many occasions, but twice specifically since our last update:

  • At a workshop, in collaboration with our NCCPH colleagues, at the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Conference in Vancouver (May 26, 2015),

  • In March 2016, the final report on the Main Types of Needs of the Public Health Workforce for Population Mental Health was made available. This document adds the responses expressed by the French-language respondents to the previously published preliminary results and synthesizes the responses from more than 450 practitioners. Click here, to read this document.

In the coming months, we will be publishing two documents in support of axes 1 and 3:

  • The first presents an overview of the Canadian context, stakeholders and initiatives that support population mental health action in public health (Axis 1).

  • The second summarizes emerging needs in population mental health and identifies orientations to support the Canadian public health workforce (Axis 3).

Within the NCCPH collaborative project, we will also publish a document on the links between healthy public policies and child and youth population mental health promotion.

Please send us a note to share your ideas about work to date in PMH or where you think our efforts ought to be focused. We would love to hear from you. Don't hesitate to contact me at:

Credit: Inclusion. Nichole Uecker. Flickr Creative Commons

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The NCCHPP published three documents in English and in French and conducted various activities within it's Population Mental Health Project.
During the last few months, the NCCHPP published three documents in French and English and completed many activities within the Population Mental health project.
The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.