In this session participants discussed strategies and actionable steps within contexts relevant to mental wellness in Canada.
Content specialists and breakout room topics
- Elizabeth Cawley, National Student Mental Health Strategy – Engaging youth and young leaders
- Katie Cook, Renison University College – Mental health of 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians
- Joey Jalal, Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative – Mental health of immigrants, newcomers, and refugees
- Linda Liebenberg, researcher and evaluator – Child and youth mental health
- Sheri Madigan, University of Calgary – Infant and early childhood mental health
- Hannah Neufeld, University of Waterloo – Wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples within Canada
- Eki Okungbowa, Youth and Innovation Project – Wellbeing of Black Canadians
- Heidi Walter, A Way Home Canada – Preventing youth homelessness
Overview of discussions
Participant-identified priority goals for the future of their mental health promotion work included:
- More integration and collaboration across sectors to address social determinants of mental health and well-being (intersectoral collaboration).
- Simplified pathways to access mental health services.
- Focus on offering more parent education, family programs with an emphasis on supporting and strengthening families.
- More focus on normalizing practices that promote mental health in the early years.
- Public health campaign on the potential impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on long-term health and wellbeing, and the importance on positive childhood experiences that can buffer ACEs.
- Long-term, sustainable mental health funding for 2SLGBTQIA+ specific initiatives.
- Engaging immigrant and refugee youth and providing wrap around supports.
- Empowering youth, co-creating things with them vs. creating for them.
- Building trust and delivering on promises.
Resources related to this session
- Full session summary (coming soon!)
February 28, 2023