KDE Hub Mental Health Promotion for Children and Youth (August 2021). Practice Guidance from Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund Projects’ Pandemic Adaptations. Waterloo, Ontario: Knowledge Development and Exchange Hub, Renison University College, University of Waterloo.
Following a brief overview of the Hub-led pandemic adaptations study through which project stories were gathered, this tool describes the various actions taken by MHP-IF project teams as they adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes actions related to: i) adapting to virtual implementation; ii) maintaining youth participation and engagement; iii) changes in research and evaluation; and iv) meeting fundamental needs introduced by the pandemic. Specific actions are illustrated in Appendix A which includes direct quotes from project teams. Appendix B provides project contact information.
By teams who are experiencing a period of transition or adaptation in their project planning, implementation, or evaluation efforts. This tool shares project experiences from the Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF) as they adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. The emphasis is on specific actions. Teams using this tool may find the actions themselves helpful. They may also find it useful to connect directly with projects whose experiences resonate with their own. To do so, project names and contact information are provided.