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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
567 K

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


A scan of mental health strategies and foundational documents on mental health in Canada

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: To develop this scan, 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 the initial interviews produced in 2013-14. Since 2013, this document has been enhanced by readers' comments. A partial update of the strategies and foundational documents has been done in 2014 and another one will be completed in 2017-2018.

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

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The contribution to a knowledge base on population mental health

The identification, analysis and diffusion of strenghts, needs and roles of public health actors working in population mental health.

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