Promoting mental health & wellness to underserved and high needs children, youth, and their families through a social prescription program
The purpose of this project, offered in both Official Languages, is to enhance the use of social prescribing and community-based well-being activities as potential primary prevention and early intervention pathways to improve child and youth mental health and well-being, the first of its kind in Canada. Social prescribing is a means for trusted individuals in clinical and community settings to identify that a person has non-medical, health-related social needs and to subsequently connect them to non-clinical supports and services within the community by co-producing a social prescription – a non-medical prescription, to improve health and wellbeing and to strengthen community connections. This is an innovative initiative, which integrates a comprehensive and holistic approach to health and wellbeing into existing health and social services for children, youth and their families who are living in marginalized communities to support them to reach their full potential. This project will help to evaluate the implementation and impact of a social prescribing model on this demographic.
Lead organization: Vanier Community Services Centre/ Vanier Social Pediatric Hub
Location: Ottawa, Ontario