A ‘go to’ place for information about the projects funded by the PHAC MHP-IF

The MHP-IF is a national program that seeks to learn about promising approaches for advancing mental health promotion among young Canadians, with an emphasis on increasing health equity. The MHP-IF is a 10-year investment starting in late 2019. A first phase is focused on the design, development, delivery and initial testing of project interventions, partnership development, and creating conditions for long-term success, such as broader implementation and scale up, as appropriate.

Twenty projects are currently funded. These projects are diverse, including the following characteristics:

  • happening in 140 sites across 11 provinces and territories
  • engaging Indigenous, newcomer, refugee, immigrant, transgender and other groups
  • spanning infants, early years, school-aged children and youth, and youth in transition years
  • working with and for parents, other caregivers, families, service providers, children and youth, educators
  • addressing many determinants of mental health, including social support networks and environments, cultural identity, healthy child development, gender identities, social-emotional learning, healthy relationships, coping skills, pro-social behaviours
  • using different approaches, such as trauma-informed, strengths-based, arts-based, land-based, culturally safe, participatory, Indigenous perspectives
  • led by a mix of universities, community organizations and national organizations and networks

All projects are under development in some way, even though some are new, some are building on existing initiatives, and implementation is on small through large scales. What is under development for many projects is to adapt existing initiatives for different settings and populations.

Click on the tiles below to learn more about each project. You can also search by keyword. Try keywords like Indigenous, early years, co-design, policy, trauma, newcomer, youth-led, or others from the project summary points above. We’ll build a more complete list of keywords with projects over time.

Do You Mind?

The goal of the project is to adapt an existing successful community health leadership program to focus on the mental health of queer and trans youth mental health. Youth participants and project partners will be equipped with knowledge, skills, and novel community mental health interventions to improve the mental health and wellbeing of queer and trans youth in their communities, while also generating knowledge of best practices to share with the broader public health sector.

Families in TRANSition

This project will develop, adapt, and implement the Families in TRANSition (FIT) program, an intervention that will significantly improve the mental health of Canadian transgender and non-binary (trans) youth and young adults ages 13-24 by reducing risk factors and promoting protective factors.

Positive Solutions for Families

Positive Solutions for Families (PSF) is a user-friendly training series for parents and caregivers. PSF aims to promote positive and effective parenting behaviours; promoting children’s social and emotional development. The goal of this project is to build a sustainable, population-level program to develop family protective factors for mental health promotion through a focus on building supportive environments for social and emotional learning during early childhood.

Connect: Supporting Kinship & Foster Parents

Connect for Kinship & Foster Parents delivers a trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and attachment focused group-based intervention to kinship and foster caregivers. This intervention recognizes the unique caregiving challenges they experience and works in a collaborative and strength focused way to promote understanding and sensitive care. This project evaluates a first look at the fit, uptake and impact of this intervention in sites across four provinces.


STRONG is a small group intervention developed to promote resilience and reduce psychological distress among newcomer students. The program aims to promote individual strengths, build skills to make positive choices, and provide a sense of self and belonging.

Nurturing the future

This project examines the effect of promising strategies and joint effort between early years professionals, community stakeholders, and the parents of children aged 0 to 12, that aims to promote the healthy development of children through free and adventurous play.

Agenda Gap

This youth engagement and capacity building project is comprised of a series of Collaborative Policymaking Workshops to promote skills-building and collective action for youth mental health. Youth who experience intersecting health and social inequities will be engaged as collaborators in policymaking activities.

The Cedar Path

This is a youth-focused, youth-led community initiative in the Pas, Manitoba. Youth engage in pro-social activities, provide positive mentorship, develop healthy attachments to their communities, and learn to establish and make progress toward self-identified and personal goals.