The Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs are a series of online guides for promoting positive mental health across the life span. These guides provide health and social services providers with current evidence-based approaches in the application of mental health promotion concepts and principles. There are currently three guides in this series that focus on older adults 55+, children and youth, and refugees. The guide with a focus on refugees is currently being revised. And, a guide with a focus on immigrants is in progress.

Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Children and Youth

CAMH, Toronto Public Health and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, are pleased to announce an updated version of the Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Children & Youth. 

This online resource for health and social service workers provides current, evidence-based approaches to incorporating mental health promotion principles and practices in interventions directed toward children (aged 7–12 years) and youth (aged 13–19 years).

The resource includes:

Background: Explains how children are defined in this document, and explores the determinants of mental health as well as behavioural and contextual factors that influence children's mental health and social well-being

Theory: Provides practitioners with the context for mental health promotion through definitions and underlying concepts, with a focus on promoting resilience

Guidelines: Identifies the 10 best practice guidelines for mental health promotion interventions with children and youth

Examples: Offers an expanded roster of examples of mental health programs that incorporate good practice

Resources: Provides a worksheet that service providers can use to identify which guidelines can be implemented within new or existing initiatives for children and youth, and a sample worksheet that has been completed to show how to use it as a planning tool

Download Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Children & Youth

Read EENet's Research Report Round-up one-pager about the resource here

Other Guides in this Series

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Older adults 55+

This online resource provides health and social service providers with current evidence-based approaches in the application of mental health promotion concepts and principles for older adults and is intended to support practitioners, caregivers and others involved in developing programs in incorporating best practices approaches to mental health promotion that are directed towards older people (55 years of age and over).

Download Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Older adults 55+

Download Directives sur les meillures pratiques à appliquer pour les programmes de promotion de la santé mentale : personnes de 55 ans+

 

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Refugees

This web resource is the third in a series of guides to promoting positive mental health. It provides health and social service providers ("practitioners") with current evidence-based approaches in the application of mental health promotion concepts and principles for refugees.  It is intended to support practitioners and others involved in developing programs in incorporating best practice approaches to mental health promotion initiatives that are directed towards refugees. 

Download Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Refugees

Download Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Refugees (Worksheet)