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Locally Driven Collaborative Project Report: Identifying Areas of Focus for Mental Health Promotion in Children and Youth for Ontario Public Health

The Locally Driven Collaborative Project's (LDCP) Child & Youth Mental Health Promotion team have released their final research report, entitled "Identifying Areas of Focus for Mental Health Promotion in Children and Youth for Ontario Public Health."

The report can be found at: http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/MentalHealth_FinalReport_LDCP_2015.pdf

This collaborative research project, which included 15 Ontario public health and mental health organizations, aimed to gain a better understanding of the focus areas in public health for mental illness prevention and positive mental health promotion. The findings from this project were used to identify the areas of focus for mental health promotion and clarify the role of public health in promoting positive mental health in children and youth.

The project included 3 research objectives:

1. To explore existing frameworks and best practices for mental health promotion in children and youth aged 0 – 19 years to define areas of focus that align with public health principles of need, impact, capacity, partnership, and collaboration.

2. To explore common assumptions, knowledge, and beliefs of provincial stakeholders around priorities and gaps in areas of focus in mental health promotion for children and youth aged 0–19 years.

3. Through consultation with public health leaders, confirm alignment of the identified key areas of focus with the core principles of Ontario’s public health system.