Our Vision and Niche

Find out about the KDE Hub’s ‘north star’, who we serve, the difference we aim to make, and what we do

What is our vision, our desired future, our ‘north star’?

Mental health promotion for young Canadians is evidence-informed, sensitive to diverse contexts and cultures, equitable, and sustainable.

This is a tall order and worth pursuing. Mental health promotion is a young field. We need to both apply best available evidence from research and experience, and build new evidence as we go. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ for promoting mental health. We need to tailor approaches to diverse places, cultures, gender identities, abilities, incomes, and other characteristics of individuals and communities. We need to consider who is served and who might be left out. We need to make sure promising approaches last and are available to all who can benefit from them. We need committed people (professionals and citizens), and supportive systems to make this happen.

Who does the KDE Hub serve?

We are eager to work with anyone who cares about mental health promotion for children and youth or has complementary interests. One community that cares is 20 projects that are funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF). The KDE Hub is also funded through this program, with a mandate to support the 20 projects and others who share interests with these projects in advancing upstream determinants of mental health and health equity.

The KDE Hub is here to support connections and learning amongst the MHP-IF projects and others who aspire to optimal mental health promotion for young Canadians.

What difference will the KDE Hub make?

Our niche is in service to the 20 projects funded through the MHP-IF, and a growing community across Canada whose efforts advance the Hub vision. The connections and learning supported by the KDE Hub apply to all phases of innovations and the back and forth between them; developing, implementing, adapting, sustaining and scaling. If the Hub is serving well in this niche, we will see:

  • Meaningful new knowledge created within and across the MHP-IF funded projects
  • Supportive and mutual learning amongst MHP-IF projects and with others who share their interests
  • Stronger systemic supports for optimal child and youth mental health promotion in Canada

What we do

Guided by our vision and niche, the Hub:

  • Co-designs studies with the MHP-IF projects that contribute new knowledge
  • Curates knowledge and resources to fill meaningful gaps, and to share lessons from the MHP-IF
  • Makes connections amongst MHP-IF funded projects and between projects and others with relevant expertise, experiences and networks.
  • Provides access to advice and guidance on intervention planning, research, evaluation, and knowledge exchange
  • Hosts an annual symposium on mental health promotion