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Mental Health Promotion in Action, CAMH

London, Ontario
March 21, 2011          

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Four Points Sheraton (1150 Wellington Road, South)

Mental health promotion builds on strengths, empowers individuals, families and communities, creating comprehensive support systems and environments in which positive mental health can thrive. There are a number of evidence-based and best practices mental health promotion programming and research to build from.

This workshop will profile two successful mental health promotion programs initiated at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH): Girls Talk and Strengthening Families for the Future (SFF) and relevant materials and tools to implement.

The Girls Talk program provides a safe place for young women to connect with each other and learn about depression, risk factors and coping skills in mental health. This evidence-based program helps young women develop self-awareness, coping strategies and critical thinking skills through artistic and recreational activities.

SFF is a best practice health promotion program for families with children between the ages of 7 and 11, who may be at risk for substance use problems, depression, violence, delinquency and school failure. The program is specifically designed to reduce risk factors, build individual resiliency, and enhance family protective factors. The program accomplishes this through its unique elements including three separate programs for the child, parent and combined family, and a communal meal.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about two examples evidence-based/best practice mental health programs
  • Understand the elements and principles integral to mental health promotion programming
  • Explore ways to integrate other key priority areas (healthy eating, physical activity, etc.) within mental health promotion programming

Mark Erdelyan is a program consultant at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), in the South Western region.  Cheryl Vrkljan is a program consultant with CAMH, in the West Central region.

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