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Guideline 10: Ensure that information and services provided are culturally appropriate, equitable and holistic 

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Children & Youth (© 2007)

Ensure that information and services provided are culturally appropriate, equitable and holistic by:

  • facilitating access for parents and children to culturally relevant, supportive social networks
  • providing relevant information (e.g., about child and adolescent development and mental health) in an understandable and culturally appropriate manner
  • facilitating participation from minority groups
  • considering the possible consequences to socially disadvantaged families
  • considering the person as a whole, and taking into account the physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and social factors that affect their mental health
  • providing a holistic and integrative approach to dealing with mental health issues.

Examples include:

  • CAMH Diversity Policy and Framework
  • Toronto Public Health Divisional Policy and Procedure Manual: Access and Equity Policy.

Examples of programs that incorporate Guideline 10 are:

Learn more

Review the CAMH Diversity Policy and Framework.

Contact mcava@toronto.ca to get a copy of the Toronto Public Health Access and Equity Policy or go through the Toronto Public Health intranet site.

To help plan your mental health promotion interventions, you can use the worksheet provided.

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In Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Children & Youth:

  1. Address and modify risk and protective factors that indicate possible mental health concerns.
  2. Intervene in multiple settings, with a focus on schools.
  3. Focus on skill building, empowerment, self-efficacy and individual resilience, and respect.
  4. Train non-professionals to establish caring and trusting relationships.
  5. Involve multiple stakeholders.
  6. Provide comprehensive support systems that focus on peer and parent-child relations, and academic performance.
  7. Adopt multiple interventions.
  8. Address opportunities for organizational change, policy development and advocacy.
  9. Demonstrate a long-term commitment to program planning, development and evaluation.
  10. Ensure that information and services provided are culturally appropriate, equitable and holistic.

Theory, definitions and context for mental health promotion

Protective Factors

Risk Factors

Examples of program planning and evaluation components

Resources & Glossary

References

Authorship and acknowledgements 

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