MHP-IF Projects

Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund

The Public Health Agency of Canada’s MHP-IF 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 that started in 2019. The first phase 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. The second phase supports full implementation, adaptation, assessment, scaling and evaluation of the interventions across multiple populations, communities and settings, including the development of vested partnerships and networks.


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Twenty projects were funded in Phase 1, with fifteen continuing to Phase 2. These projects are diverse. They:

  • happen in over 120 sites across 12 provinces and territories
  • engage Indigenous, newcomer, refugee, immigrant, transgender and other groups
  • span infants, early years, school-aged children and youth, and youth in transition years
  • work with and for parents, other caregivers, families, service providers, children and youth, educators
  • address 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
  • use different approaches, such as trauma-informed, strengths-based, arts-based, land-based, culturally safe, participatory, Indigenous perspectives
  • are led by a mix of universities, community organizations and national organizations and networks

Agenda Gap (Phase 1)

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.

STRONG (Phase 1)

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.

Connect: Supporting Kinship & Foster Parents (Phase 1)

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.

Positive Solutions for Families (Phase 1)

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.