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Mental Health: Facilitating links and access to mental health resources and services

Categories:

  • Mental health,
  • Social environment,
  • Community,
  • Facilities & organizations,
  • Schools,
  • Workplace,
  • Healthcare facilities,

Facilitating links and access to mental health resources and services

Mental health is a state of wellbeing that allows us to realize our own potential, cope with normal stresses of life, work productively and contribute to our community.1 Mental health exists on a spectrum. Some Albertans will experience mental illness during their lifetime while others will have mental health concerns that may or may not become a mental illness. In 2012, 77 per cent of Canadians were classified as having flourishing mental health, 22 percent had moderate mental health and two per cent had declining mental health.2

Community Compass, an online navigation tool was built to strengthen relationships in the Tri Area of Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County by linking families to mental health resources.

Ways to get started

  • Build a local asset map identifying mental health resources and services.
  • Partner with individuals who are interested in this topic to identify and share existing local resources.1-2
  • Work with relevant stakeholders to increase the number of affordable resources and services, such as the formation of support groups, links to activities that contribute to positive mental health, halfway housing, etc.3
  • Be culturally sensitive and inclusive.

For further action to promote/improve mental health in your community, see

Multi-component community-wide interventions that increase awareness about and provide opportunities for positive mental health in your community will have greater impact than implementing single, one-off strategies.

Evaluation measures the impact of all the hard work that went into developing a community initiative. Evaluating impact examines:

  1. What you expect to learn or change
  2. What you measure and report
  3. How to measure impact

What you expect to learn about facilitating links and access to mental health resources and services may include:

  • Increased number of sites displaying resources for mental health support and services
  • Increased access to mental health services/resources
  • Increased interest in resources or services

References: Facilitating links and access to mental health resources and services

  1. World Health Organization (WHO). Mental health: a state of well-being. Geneva (SW): World Health Organization; 2014. Available from: http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/en/.
  2. Statistics Canada. Positive mental health and mental illness. Ottawa (ON): Statistics Canada; 2015. Available from: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2014009/article/14086-eng.htm.
  3. Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Advisory Group. Respect, recovery, resilience: Recommendations for Ontario's mental health and addictions strategy. Toronto (ON): Minister's Advisory Group; 2010. Available from: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/ministry/publications/reports/mental_health/mentalhealth_rep.pdf.
  4. Mantoura P. Population mental health in Canada: Summary of emerging needs and orientations to support the public health workforce. Montréal (QC): National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy; 2017. Available from: http://www.ncchpp.ca/553/publications.ccnpps?id_article=1654.
  5. Bullock HL, Guta A, Hughsam M, Wilson MG. Rapid synthesis: Examining the impact of and approaches to addressing the needs of people living with mental health issues. Hamilton (ON): McMaster Health Forum; 2016.
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