Engaging Youth in Mental Health Promotion: Mental Health and Addictions Champions

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/601925
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Engaging Youth in Mental Health Promotion: Mental Health and Addictions Champions
Other Titles:
Drug Abuse in the Pediatric Population: Mental Health's Effect on Addictions [Session]
Author(s):
McConnell, Heather; Merali, Sabrina; Bajnok, Irmajean; Dieleman, Kyle
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Lambda Pi-at-Large
Author Details:
Heather McConnell, RN, hmcconnell@rnao.org; Sabrina Merali, RN; Irmajean Bajnok, RN; Kyle Dieleman
Abstract:
Session presented on Sunday, July 26, 2015: Nurses working in public health settings face the challenge of leading effective, collaborative comprehensive approaches to youth mental health promotion amongst key stakeholders in the health, education and youth social service sectors. To assist in meeting this challenge, a professional nursing association in Ontario (Canada) partnered with six public health units, twelve school boards and provincial youth based organizations to develop a peer-based youth mental health initiative. The Youth Mental Health and Addiction Champion (YMHAC) Project, funded through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Healthy Community Fund, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and youth through a focus on mental health promotion, stigma reduction, and substance misuse prevention. This project is based on evidence that demonstrates youth have the ability to improve the well-being of their peers by enhancing the quality of life in their schools and communities through influencing, supporting and being role models to their peer group. Youth involved in leadership programs support their peers by taking an active role in making their school and/or community a better place ' they are dedicated to creating and supporting healthy, safe, inclusive and flourishing communities. 'Youth engagement principles were used to train selected youth as mental health ambassadors, or Champions.' These youth leaders learned strategies to increase awareness about mental health promotion and stigma reduction with a goal of fostering supportive, resilient and inclusive school environments. The YMHAC project demonstrates that inter-sectoral partnerships between public health, education and social service sectors is key for supporting 'youth mental health promotion outcomes and programming in schools.' The YMHAC project also highlights the leadership role of public health nurses in supporting youth mental health promotion outcomes in school communities.' Project evaluation findings demonstrate that public health nurses are ideally situated to engage in mental health promotion due to established partnerships with school boards, and their nursing knowledge and expertise with implementing health promotion strategies.' This presentation will highlight the successes and challenges of this multi-stakeholder partnership and its focus on mental health promotion, with specific emphasis on the unique youth engagement and education strategies utilized to develop and deliver the program.' Evaluation results will be shared that demonstrate the impact this initiative has had on the overall well-being of youth and social inclusion in school communities.'
Keywords:
mental health promotion; youth engagement; evidence-based practice
Repository Posting Date:
17-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
17-Mar-2016 ; 17-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
INRC15K08
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
26th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Description:
Research Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

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dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleEngaging Youth in Mental Health Promotion: Mental Health and Addictions Championsen
dc.title.alternativeDrug Abuse in the Pediatric Population: Mental Health's Effect on Addictions [Session]en
dc.contributor.authorMcConnell, Heatheren
dc.contributor.authorMerali, Sabrinaen
dc.contributor.authorBajnok, Irmajeanen
dc.contributor.authorDieleman, Kyleen
dc.contributor.departmentLambda Pi-at-Largeen
dc.author.detailsHeather McConnell, RN, hmcconnell@rnao.org; Sabrina Merali, RN; Irmajean Bajnok, RN; Kyle Dielemanen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/601925-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Sunday, July 26, 2015: Nurses working in public health settings face the challenge of leading effective, collaborative comprehensive approaches to youth mental health promotion amongst key stakeholders in the health, education and youth social service sectors. To assist in meeting this challenge, a professional nursing association in Ontario (Canada) partnered with six public health units, twelve school boards and provincial youth based organizations to develop a peer-based youth mental health initiative. The Youth Mental Health and Addiction Champion (YMHAC) Project, funded through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Healthy Community Fund, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and youth through a focus on mental health promotion, stigma reduction, and substance misuse prevention. This project is based on evidence that demonstrates youth have the ability to improve the well-being of their peers by enhancing the quality of life in their schools and communities through influencing, supporting and being role models to their peer group. Youth involved in leadership programs support their peers by taking an active role in making their school and/or community a better place ' they are dedicated to creating and supporting healthy, safe, inclusive and flourishing communities. 'Youth engagement principles were used to train selected youth as mental health ambassadors, or Champions.' These youth leaders learned strategies to increase awareness about mental health promotion and stigma reduction with a goal of fostering supportive, resilient and inclusive school environments. The YMHAC project demonstrates that inter-sectoral partnerships between public health, education and social service sectors is key for supporting 'youth mental health promotion outcomes and programming in schools.' The YMHAC project also highlights the leadership role of public health nurses in supporting youth mental health promotion outcomes in school communities.' Project evaluation findings demonstrate that public health nurses are ideally situated to engage in mental health promotion due to established partnerships with school boards, and their nursing knowledge and expertise with implementing health promotion strategies.' This presentation will highlight the successes and challenges of this multi-stakeholder partnership and its focus on mental health promotion, with specific emphasis on the unique youth engagement and education strategies utilized to develop and deliver the program.' Evaluation results will be shared that demonstrate the impact this initiative has had on the overall well-being of youth and social inclusion in school communities.'en
dc.subjectmental health promotionen
dc.subjectyouth engagementen
dc.subjectevidence-based practiceen
dc.date.available2016-03-17T12:59:15Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-17-
dc.date.issued2016-03-17en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T12:59:15Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name26th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationSan Juan, Puerto Ricoen
dc.descriptionResearch Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.en
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