KDE Hub Mental Health Promotion for Children and Youth (July 2021). Hub Tool: Exploring Systems Relevant to Child and Youth Mental Health Promotion. Waterloo, Ontario: Knowledge Development and Exchange Hub, Renison University College, University of Waterloo.
This tool provides background information on the nature of systems, their relevance to mental health promotion, the value of mapping them, and some examples of maps created at the Hub’s 2021 symposium. The tool also includes suggestions and resources to facilitate a participatory group exercise for systems mapping: who to invite, a possible flow for a group session, and additional resources to support the process.
Often under-explored by project teams are the contextual factors, environments and systems that influence the effectiveness of their activities and outcomes. This tool includes video and document components and is useful for project teams at the outset of project planning and at regular intervals throughout project implementation – minimally annually as project plans are revisited and course corrections are made.