The prevention of mental health problems in Canada: A survey of provincial policies, structures, and programs

Geoffrey Nelson, Isaac Prilleltensky, Marie Claire Laurendeau, Barbara Powell

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to obtain a profile of the state of prevention in mental health in Canada. In all the provinces and territories, we obtained information from the departments of children's mental health, adult mental health, and health promotion regarding administrative supports, personnel, policies, budgets, inter-ministerial collaboration, training, and programs allocated for prevention. The findings indicate that the rhetoric of prevention is present in many government policy documents and there are many interesting prevention projects that have been implemented. However, there has not been a reallocation of funding in the health field from treatment and rehabilitation services to prevention programs, and funding for prevention remains at a very low level. Recommendations to improve the state of prevention are made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-172
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Psychology
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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