Promoting mental health and wellbeing for children and youth: Protective factors (infographic)

The Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF)

The Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF) is a long-term strategic funding program that enables diverse community-based interventions to enhance protective factors for children, youth, and their families while reducing systemic barriers for population mental health and wellbeing in Canada. The MHP-IF integrates a life-course approach that recognizes protective factors at the individual, community, and structural levels as key drivers for mental health promotion.

You may use this resource to explore the interconnections among protective factors implied within the conceptual model.

Protective factors for mental health promotion

Protective factors are conditions or attributes that promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and families. The protective factors included are examples drawn from research and funded MHP-IF project evaluation.

Community and structural protective factors: All stages of life

Freedom from discrimination and violence

Quality of life

Social inclusion

Best start to life: Protective factors in parenthood, the prenatal stage, and first years of life

Flourishing children: Protective factors for school age children

Developing well: Protective factors in adolescence and young adulthood

Individual protective factors: Across the life course

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