Scan of Mental Health Strategies across Canada
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PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL STRATEGIES IN MENTAL HEALTH
Province/
Territories/
Federal
Title
NB.The titles in italics are translations of strategies that are not available in English.
Organization  Year Sub-populations Summary/
Objectives/
Evaluation (S/O/E)

Evaluation Plan (Yes,N/A)
Alta. Creating Connections: Alberta's Addiction and Mental Health Strategy Government of Alberta 2011 Whole population approach S/O/E Yes
Alta. Creating Connections: Alberta's Addiction and Mental Health Action Plan 2011-2016 Alberta Health Services 2011 Whole population approach S/O/E Yes
Alta. Positive futures - Optimizing Mental Health for Alberta's Children & Youth: A Framework for Action (2006-2016) Alberta Health and Wellness 2006 Children, youth, and
their families
S/O/E Yes
Alta. Children's Mental Health Plan for Alberta: Three Year Action Plan (2008-2011) Government of Alberta 2008 Children & Youth; Vulnerable populations S/O/E N/A
Alta. Alberta Aboriginal Mental Health Framework Government of Alberta 2006 Aboriginal Peoples S/O/E N/A
B.C. Healthy Minds, Healthy People: A Ten-Year Plan to Address Mental Health and Substance Use in British Columbia British Columbia Government 2010 Whole population approach;
Substance users 
S/O/E Yes
B.C. A Path Forward: BC First Nations and Aboriginal People's Mental Wellness and Substance Use Ten Year Plan First Nations Health Authority 2013 Aboriginal Peoples S/O/E N/A
Man. Rising to the Challenge: A strategic plan for the mental health and well-being of Manitobans Government of Manitoba 2011 Whole population approach S/O/E Yes
N.B. The Action Plan for Mental Health in New Brunswick 2011-18 Government of New Brunswick 2011 Aboriginal Peoples; Children & Youth; Seniors; People living with mental disorders S/O/E Yes
N.L. Working Together for Mental Health: A provincial policy framework for mental health & addiction services in Newfoundland and Labrador Government of Newfoundland and Labrador 2005 Children & Youth; Seniors; Aboriginal Peoples; Substance users S/O/E Yes
N.W.T. A Shared Path Towards Wellness: Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan 2012 - 2015 Northwest Territories: Health and Social Services 2012 Aboriginal Peoples; Substance users S/O/E Yes
N.S. Together We Can: The plan to improve mental health and addictions care for Nova Scotians Government of Nova Scotia 2012 Children & Youth; Aboriginal Peoples; Seniors; Diverse communities S/O/E Yes
Nunavut Nunavut addiction and mental health strategy
Not available on the web
 Government of Nunavut 2002 Whole population approach; Substance users; Children & Youth  S/O/E N/A 
Ont. Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario's Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Ontario Government 2011 Whole population approach; Substance users S/O/E Yes
P.E.I. PEI: Currently developping a provincial mental health strategy  Government of Prince Edward Island N/A N/A S/O/E N/A
QC Québec's mental health action plan: the strength of ties Gouvernment du Québec. Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux 2005 People living with mental disorders and their families; Children & Youth; Vulnerable populations S/O/E Yes
Sask. Saskatchewan: Commitment to develop a mental health and addictions action plan Saskatchewan N/A N/A S/O/E N/A
Y.T. N/A Yukon N/A N/A  S/O/E N/A
Federal / Aboriginal Peoples Alianait Inuit Mental Wellness Action Plan Alianait Inuit-specific Mental Wellness Task Group 2007 Aboriginal Peoples - Inuit Specific S/O/E Yes
FOUNDATIONAL AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
Province/
Territories/
Federal
Title Organization Year Sub-populations Summary/
Objectives (S/O)
Federal Evergreen: A child and youth mental health framework for Canada Mental Health Commission of Canada 2010  Children & Youth S/O
Federal Toward Recovery and Wellbeing: A Framework for a Mental Health Strategy for Canada Mental Health Commission of Canada 2009 Whole population approach; Aboriginal Peoples S/O
Federal Improving the Health of Canadians: Exploring Positive Mental Health Canadian Institute for Health Information 2007 Whole population approach; Vulnerable populations; Homeless S/O
Federal Out of the Shadows at Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada. (Michael Kirby, chair) Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology 2006 Aboriginal Peoples; Children & Youth; People in the workplace; Substance users; Homeless S/O
Federal Mental Health for Canadians: Striking a Balance Minister of National Health and Welfare 1988 Whole population approach; Children & Youth; People in the workplace; Homeless S/O
Federal The Human Face of Mental Health and Mental Illness in Canada 2006 Government of Canada 2006 Whole population approach; People living with mental disorders; Substance users; Aboriginal Peoples  S/O
Federal Mentally Healthy Communities: A Collection of Papers Canadian Population Health Initiative 2008 People in the workplace; Aboriginal Peoples; Children & Youth; Seniors S/O
Federal Mentally Healthy Communities: Aboriginal Perspectives Canadian Institute for Health Information 2009 Aboriginal Peoples S/O
Federal Return on Investment: Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention Canadian Institute for Health Information/Canadian Policy Network 2011 Children & Youth; People in the workplace S/O
Que. Contextual study of Mental Health Services in Nunavit Institut national de santé publique du Québec 2008 Nunavik Inuit adult mental health service users S/O
Que. Science advisory report on effective interventions in mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention Institut national de santé publique du Québec 2008 Children & Youth; People in the workplace S/O
Ont. Connecting the dots: How Ontario Public Health Units are Addressing Child and Youth Mental Health Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Ontario; Public Health Ontario; Toronto Public Health 2013 Child and youth S/O
Federal Schools as a Setting for Promoting Positive Mental Health: Better Practices and Perspectives Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health 2010 Children & Youth S/O
BROADER UPSTREAM SOCIAL POLICIES
Province/
Territories/
Federal
Title Organization Year Sub-populations Summary/
Objectives (S/O)
Alta. A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years Alberta Government 2009 Homeless S/O
Alta. Aging Population Policy Framework Government of Alberta 2010 Seniors S/O
Alta. Safe Communities Government of Alberta 2008 Children & Youth; Families; Vulnerable populations S/O
Alta. Alberta's Social Policy Framework Government of Alberta 2013 Aboriginal Peoples; Children; Homeless; Vulnerable populations S/O
B.C. Improving Care for Seniors in BC. Action Plan British Columbia Government 2012 Seniors S/O
B.C. Harm Reduction: A British Columbia Community Guide British Columbia Government 2005 Substance users S/O
B.C. The Families Agenda for British Columbia: Building a sustainable quality early years strategy to support BC families British Columbia Government 2013 Children & Youth; Families S/O
Man. Healthy Child Manitoba Government of Manitoba Program implemented in 2000; legislated in 2007 Children & Youth; Families S/O
Man. ALL Aboard. Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion Strategy Government of Manitoba 2012 Vulnerable populations; Homeless; Children & Youth; Aboriginal Peoples S/O
Man. Live well, be well. New Brunswick's Wellness Strategy: 2009-2013 Government of New Brunswick 2012 Whole population approach S/O
N.L. Reducing Poverty: An Action Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador Government of Newfoundland and Labrador 2006 Aboriginal Peoples; People in the workplace; Children & Youth; Single mother led families; Urban vs. Rural populations S/O
Nunavut The Makimaniq Plan, Territories Poverty Action Plan Nunavut Government and Inuit organization Nunavut Tunngavik Inc 2012 Aboriginal Peoples; Homeless; Vulnerable populations S/O
Ont. Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy Ontario Government 1994 Aboriginal Peoples; Children & Youth; Substance users; Urban vs. Rural populations S/O
Ont. Better Beginnings, Better Futures Ontario Government 1991 Children & Youth; Vulnerable populations S/O
Ont. Breaking the Cycle: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy Ontario Government 2008 Children & Youth; Vulnerable populations S/O
Ont. Building Foundations: Building Futures. Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Ontario Government 2010 Homeless S/O
Ont. Early Learning Strategy Ontario Government 2007 Children & Youth S/O
P.E.I. Social Action Plan to Reduce Poverty Prince Edward Island Government 2012 Vulnerable populations S/O
Que. 2004-2010 Government Action Plan to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion Ministère de l'Emploi, de la Solidarité sociale et de la Famille 2004 Vulnerable populations; Homeless; Children & Youth S/O
Que. A Québec worthy of its children. The action plan for children 2004-2014 Ministère de l'Emploi, de la Solidarité sociale et de la Famille 2004 Children & Youth S/O
Y.T. A Better Yukon for All: Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy Government of Yukon 2009 Vulnerable populations; Children & Youth; Homeless; Seniors S/O
Federal/
Aboriginal Peoples
A Time for Action: A National Plan to Address Aboriginal Housing National Aboriginal Housing Association 2009 Aboriginal Peoples; Homeless S/O
Federal Health Policy Research Bulletin: Migration Health Health Canada 2010 Immigrant populations S/O
STRATEGIES RELATED TO SUICIDE PREVENTION
Province/
Territories/
Federal
Title Organization Year Sub-populations Summary/
Objectives (S/O)
Man. Reclaiming Hope: Manitoba's Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy Government of Manitoba 2008 Children & Youth; Vulnerable populations S/O
N.B. Connecting to life: Provincial Suicide Prevention Program New Brunswick Health 2007 Whole population approach; Vulnerable populations S/O
Nunavut Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy Government of Nunavut; Nunavut Tungavik Inc.; Embrace Life Council; Royal Canadian Mounted Police 2010 Whole population approach; Aboriginal Peoples S/O
Nunavut Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy: Action Plan Government of Nunavut; Nunavut Tungavik Inc.; Embrace Life Council; Royal Canadian Mounted Police 2011 Whole population approach; Aboriginal Peoples S/O
Que. Help for Life: Québec's strategy for preventing suicide Gouvernement du Québec 1998 Whole population approach; Vulnerable populations S/O
Que. Science advisory report on the prevention of suicide among youth Institut national de santé publique du Québec 2004 Children & Youth; Vulnerable populations S/O
Federal Acting on What We Know: Preventing Youth Suicide in First Nations Health Canada 2003 Aboriginal Peoples; Children & Youth S/O
Federal National Suicide Prevention Strategy (Second Release) Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention 2009 Whole population approach; Vulnerable populations S/O
Federal National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy First Nations Inuit Health Branch 2005 Aboriginal Peoples; Children & Youth S/O
PUBLIC HEALTH RELATED STRATEGIES
Province/
Territories/
Federal
Title Organization Year Sub-populations Summary/
Objectives (S/O)
B.C. Model Core Program Paper: Mental Health Promotion and Mental Disorders Prevention British Columbia Government, Health 2009 Whole population approach S/O
B.C. Model Core Program Paper: Prevention from Harms Associated with Substances British Columbia Government, Health 2009 Substance users S/O
B.C. Promote, Protect, Prevent: Our Health Begins Here: BC's Guiding Framework for Public Health British Columbia Government, Health 2013 Vulnerable populations; Maternal, Child & Family Health S/O
Que. Québec Public Health Program 2003-2012 Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux 2003

Whole population
approach

S/O
First Nations The Transformative Change Accord: Tripartite First Nations Health Plan First Nations Leadership Council/Government of Canada/BC Government 2007 Aboriginal Peoples S/O
Federal The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2008: Addressing Health Inequalities Health Canada 2008 Whole population approach, vulnerable population S/O
Federal The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2009: Growing Up Well – Priorities for a Healthy Future Health Canada 2009 Children S/O
Federal The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2010: Growing Older  Adding Life to Years Health Canada 2010 Seniors S/O
Federal The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2011: Youth and Young Adults  Life in Transition Health Canada 2011 Youth & Young Adults S/O
Federal The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2012: Influencing Health – The Importance of Sex and Gender Health Canada 2012 Sex & Gender S/O
Federal Public Health Agency of Canada's Innovation Strategy Public Health Agency of Canada 2007 Whole population approach S/O
Federal PHAC 2007-2012 Strategic Plan Public Health Agency of Canada 2007 Whole population approach S/O
FEDERAL MENTAL HEALTH RELATED STRATEGIES
Province/
Territories/
Federal
Title Organization Year Sub-populations Summary/
Objectives (S/O)
Federal Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada Mental Health Commission Canada 2012 People living with mental disorders and their families; Whole population approach; Children & Youth; Aboriginal Peoples S/O
Federal Opening Minds Mental Health Commission of Canada 2009 Youth; People in the workplace S/O
Federal At Home Mental Health Commission of Canada 2012 Homeless; People living with mental disorders S/O
Federal

Psychological health and safety in the workplace - Prevention, promotion and guidance to staged implementation

Mental Health Commission of Canada 2013 People in the workplace S/O
Federal Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide For Employers Mental Health Commission of Canada 2012 People in the workplace S/O
Federal Improving Mental Health Services for Immigrant, Refugee, Ethno-Cultural and Racialized Groups: Issues and Options for Service Improvement Mental Health Commission of Canada 2009 Immigrants, refugees, ethno-cultural and racialized groups S/O
Federal Turning the Key: Assessing Housing and Related Supports for Persons Living with Mental Health Problems and Illness Mental Health Commission of Canada 2011 People living with mental disorders; Homeless S/O
Federal The Aspiring Workforce  Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness Mental Health Commission of Canada 2013 People living with mental disorders; People in the workplace S/O
Federal Mental Health Strategy for Corrections in Canada Federal-Provincial-Territorial Partnership 2012 Incarcerated population; People  living with mental disorders S/O

 
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