These guidelines were developed to promote better practices related to the promotion of positive mental health perspectives within a comprehensive school health framework. The Joint Consortium undertook this initiative for School Health (JCSH) as part of its national knowledge development of activities involving the identification and dissemination of better practice information supporting comprehensive school health approaches.
This toolkit has been designed to promote positive school health practices and perspectives within the school environment. Derived from evidence informed practices, the toolkit is meant to facilitate a shift in practice, and to set in motion a process for engaging school and community strengths in fostering the positive growth and development of children and youth.
Changing Directions, Changing Lives is the first mental health strategy is an action plan for change; a strategy to bring mental health ‘out of the shadows’ in Canada. Canada needed a plan to improve a system that is not working well. This strategy recognizes that we will never be able to adequately reduce the impact of mental health problems and illnesses through treatment alone. As a country, we must pay greater attention to the promotion of mental health for the entire population and to the prevention of mental illness wherever possible.