Indigenous-specific Mental Health and/or Wellness Strategies in Canada

The NCCHPP produced a Scan of Mental Health Strategies to show what is being developed in the field of population mental health across Canada. This Scan provides an overview of mental health and wellness and related strategies through comparative tables and summaries, with a particular emphasis on work related to the promotion of mental health and the prevention of mental illnesses.

This document presents the information contained in the online comparative table that lists the most recent Indigenous-specific mental health and/or wellness strategies in Canada. In developing this section of the Scan, a search of the grey literature was carried out, and completed by reaching out to key informants in certain provinces/territories. Briefly, we searched for Indigenous-specific mental health strategies and suicide prevention strategies in each province and territory, as well as pan-Canadian strategies. In addition, Indigenous-specific wellness strategies were also identified and included where relevant. Despite this, the content is not necessarily a comprehensive review of all strategies. It should be noted that certain publications though not strategies or action plans themselves, i.e. frameworks, scientific advisory reports, etc., have been included in this section of the Scan due to the breadth of their recommendations, or their importance as reference documents.

To describe each strategy, a summary is presented, as well as its objectives, its guiding values and principles, the dimensions of mental health promotion, mental illness prevention, and early intervention, elements of its evaluation, and a listing any preceding versions of the strategy and accompanying evaluation reports.

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