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Community Approaches to Mental Health Promotion and Empowerment

"Not unlike the physical health consequences, growth in the prevalence of mental health challenges amid the pandemic illustrates how profoundly population-level mental health is shaped by the social determinants of health." (Jenkins et al., 2021)

Following the IUHPE Global Working Group on Mental Health Promotion’s Calls for Action, we recommend that BC invest in a population approach to mental health, inclusive of promotion, prevention and treatment. Building a workforce dedicated to mental health promotion, as a critical foundation to upstream improvements in mental well-being, is a key priority. Acknowledging the exacerbation of social inequities in MH during the 2020-21 COVID pandemic, we recommend BC initiative community empowerment programs that build and support social capital across the life course, with tailored programs corresponding to the unique socio-cultural contexts of young people, and people living in poverty.

Supporting research

  • Assessing the Impacts of COVID-19 on Mental Health National Monitoring Survey

    University of British Columbia

  • Service provider perspectives on tools to improve access to mental health supports for sexual and gender diverse populations: A qualitative research study

    Simon Fraser University
    Provider perspectives2S/LGBTQ+Virtual careCOVID-19Service user perspectives

  • The influence of sex, gender, age, and ethnicity on psychosocial factors and substance use throughout phases of the COVID-19 pandemic

    University of British Columbia and Women's Health Research Institute
    COVID-19People of colour2S/LGBTQ+

  • The Canadian Social Connection Survey

    Canadian Alliance for Social Connection and Health

BC Alliance for Monitoring Mental Health Equity respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we work is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

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