Concurrent sessions: Moving mental health promotion forward

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

February 28, 2023