Mental Health Promotion and Partnerships

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Module 6: Mental Health Promotion and Partnerships

In this section you will find frameworks, coalitions, best practices, and techniques to support your work in mental health promotion and developing partnerships.

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Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion

The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion identifies five action areas that are essential for health promotion strategies.
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Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care is a group of physicians and other health service providers who united to share resources, do research and advocate for health coverage for refugees.
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The mental health strategy for Canada (2012)

The Mental Health Strategy for Canada offers recommendations to improve the mental health and well-being of immigrants and refugees in Canada with its Strategic Direction 4, Priority 4.2: Improve mental health services and supports by and for immigrants, refugees, ethno-cultural and racialized groups.
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Simplifying the journey project

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), through their Simplifying the Journey project, developed a framework that organizations can use to improve equity of access to services for marginalized populations.
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Here to help

This website, developed by a coalition of seven agencies, provides information about mental health promotion initiatives.
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Culture counts: A roadmap to health promotion best practices for developing health promotion initiatives in mental health and substance use with ethno-cultural communities

This guide identifies a best practices approach to health promotion in mental health and substance use with ethno-cultural communities. It aims to address how programs can address the needs of people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
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The Opening Doors Project

The Opening Doors Project uses unique story-telling techniques in presenting workshops to agencies and the community, which are aimed at strengthening, fostering and cultivating healthier communities in Ontario.
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Muslim Food Bank and Community

This is a faith-based program that uses volunteer mental health case workers to address mental health and addiction issues within the Muslim community in the Greater Vancouver area.
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Abundant Community Edmonton project

This project uses neighbourhood leaders and connectors to better engage neighbours to build relationships, reduce social isolation, share their vision and increase safety.
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Action for neighbourhood change

This was a partnership and learning initiative that explored and assessed approaches to locally-driven neighbourhood revitalization that can enhance the capacity of individuals and families to build and sustain strong and healthy communities.
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Partnership self-assessment tool

This questionnaire asks questions about different aspects of partnerships.
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Impact-MPI assessment tool

This is a tool to measure individual and organizational motivation and capacity to engage in collaboration. The ultimate purpose in measuring partnerships is to build a strong and functional foundation in the partnership/collaborative to help groups reach their impact goals.
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Peel collaborative – Holistic crisis planning

These videos for service providers demonstrate counterproductive and productive approaches to engaging youth and families in crisis and safety planning. You'll see re-enactments in three different settings where youth and families may go to receive support for a mental health issue.
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Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre (ONHC)

This community-based health centre provides culturally relevant health and mental health services to Government Assisted Refugees. The ONHC recently expanded services to Privately Sponsored Refugees and claimants, and is operated under a partnership between Somerset West Community Health Centre and the Catholic Centre for Immigrants.