A Call to Action is being drafted in Charlottetown this month to propose new strategies for leadership on child and youth mental health in Atlantic Canada.
The Call to Action is being collaboratively written by over 200 delegates and organizers as part of the Atlantic Summer Institute (ASI)’s Symposium on Promoting
Child and Youth Mental Health, which runs August 21-23 in Charlottetown. Organizers are inviting the public to get involved by contributing ideas and perspectives through social media.
The ASI Symposium’s Call to Action aims to promote a consistent approach, based on evidence, to promoting child and youth mental health in Atlantic Canada. ASI and regional partners will use the Call to Action to mobilize stakeholders, influence leaders at the policy level, and encourage working ‘upstream’ to improve youth mental health in Atlantic Canada and across the country.
The public is encouraged to participate in the evolution of the Call to Action in two ways – they can join the ASI Symposium as a delegate, or add their voices and perspectives online via social media and the ASI website, www.asi-iea.ca. Ideas will be gathered through the hashtag #ASICall2Action.
Version Zero of the Call to Action is now online for the public to view and add their feedback. It will be continuously revised as feedback is received, and presented on the final day of the Symposium on August 23rd. To view and contribute to the document, visit: www.asi-iea.ca/en/call-to-action. The final version of the Call to Action will be shared with key stakeholders and government leaders across the Atlantic Region.
Participants attending the ASI Symposium will engage in a variety of mental health topics including social-emotional learning in schools and communities, the impact of environment on mental health, perspectives from First Nations communities, and expanding access to youth-based services and programs. Additional program highlights include the Atlantic Community Showcase, a multicultural dinner, mixed-media networking session, and a youth leadership program. The Symposium will bring together international experts, regional stakeholders and youth to share their strategies for supporting youth mental health, and to collaborate for action and change in Atlantic Canada.
Those interested in taking part in the Symposium should register in advance. Program details are available at www.asi-iea.ca. The ASI Symposium will be presented in both official languages and is sponsored by TD Bank (title sponsor), Medavie Health Foundation and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
The Call to Action is the second collaboratively-written document that has been created in Charlottetown in the past year. Last fall, the PEI Declaration was written by delegates attending the 6th Global Forum on Health Promotion in Charlottetown. The PEI Declaration went on to be presented at the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai, winning recognition as a top presentation at the event. It has since been presented to the World Health Organization in Geneva. As a follow-up to the Global Forum, a half-day workshop will be held on August 24 in Charlottetown, the day after the Symposium, entitled Moving Evidence to Action: Advancing Global Health and Sustainable Development. The public can register for the Symposium and the workshop on the ASI website.
Source: Media Release