Mental Health Promotion
Mental health promotion is not a new concept, but it is still not well understood. Nevertheless, research is showing that mental health promotion initiatives can have concrete, positive outcomes for the entire population. It is a powerful resource with significant potential for grounding the work of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
This booklet was prepared as part of the Early Childhood Care and Mental Health Project, carried out by the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. The purpose of the project was to explore ways that the mental health of young children can be promoted in community-based child care centres. In this context, mental health promotion is seen as development of age-appropriate and culturally relevant life skills that benefit all children’s social and emotional development.
The Train the Trainer manual is a companion resource to the Mental Health Promotion Tool Kit. Exercises allow participants to learn skills for carrying out the various components of a community development program as outlined in the Took Kit. 2003 Edition.
The Mental Health Promotion Toolkit, produced in 1999, is a comprehensive guide for communities that wish to undertake mental health promotion initiatives. It contains everything anyone would need to know about implementing a mental health promotion program, including examples, strategies, tips and tools.