Hub Update: Early December 2020 edition 
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What waves can we ride for mental health promotion?
Pandemic waves, they too shall pass. Some crests and troughs we can anticipate, others not. Along with hopes and wishes for everyone’s personal safety and resilience, the KDE Hub is considering how to ride any waves that will help to strengthen child and youth mental health promotion in Canada. One wave may be more awareness in society about the importance of health equity, that “no one is protected until everyone is protected” (the ‘bottom line’ in Dr. Tam’s annual report). This bottom line applies as much to mental health promotion as it does to COVID-19. Please let’s find the waves we can ride – together – alongside protecting people and places from turbulent waters as much as possible.
From the Hub
Recent highlights

October 28th webinar: Infographic template and early system engagement 
This webinar kicked off with a conversation about the purpose, process, and timing of reaching out to others who share interests with the Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF) (what we call system engagement). The Hub team then revealed a template for the development of customized infographics for each MHP-IF project and sought feedback from webinar participants, including initial reactions, potential adjustments and use of these products. An Event Brief (PDF) and webinar recording are now available.

MHP-IF project community survey: There’s still time to participate!
Who is part of the MHP-IF community? How might this community grow and change over time? How can the Hub maximize the value of being part of this community? Answering these questions is at the heart of the MHP-IF project community survey and we hope to hear from all MHP-IF project members who interact directly with the Hub. A big thanks to those who have already participated. If you received an invitation for this survey but have not yet had a chance to fill it out, there’s still time, and please know your voice is important to us. Simply follow the link provided in the invitation email to participate. Findings and how we’ll respond to them will be discussed at the Hub’s Annual Symposium in January. 

Hub Resource Collaborative (HRC) openings
A lot is in a name and we chose this one carefully with HRC members. A ‘resource collaborative’ is less common than names like advisory, steering, working, and is the best fit for the HRC’s purpose; to ensure Hub overall directions and specific activities are informed by diverse perspectives most central to the MHP-IF. The Hub is currently recruiting for the HRC and welcomes your expressions of interest and nominations. We would especially like to strengthen Indigenous perspectives (including knowledge systems, initiatives and networks), a focus on health equity, and policy perspectives relevant to determinants of mental health.

Looking ahead

MHP-IF study on pandemic adaptations: initial conversations underway
We’re in the field, with thanks to MHP-IF projects, a study design team, and the University of Waterloo’s expedited ethics review process for COVID-related studies for getting us there quickly. This study aims to tell the stories of the MHP-IF projects as they adjust and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic; relevant and timely new knowledge about adaptation processes under conditions of sudden, extreme and enduring change. What do these adaptations mean for short- and long-term planning? How do they shift our expectations and activities for the MHP-IF projects and child and youth mental health promotion more generally? To capture project experiences as close to real-time as possible, initial conversations are being held before the end of the year. Preliminary findings will be shared at the Annual Symposium where we will also consider if and how to build on these stories over time. MHP-IF projects: Thanks for getting in touch with us to book your conversation, and we look forward to hearing your pandemic story so far.

MHP-IF project infographics: coming soon
The Hub, MHP-IF project teams and a graphic design team are working together to develop an infographic for each MHP-IF project – uniquely tailored to each project, along with a common look and feel for the MHP-IF as a whole. Next up: finalizing and putting the infographics to good use, including at the Annual Symposium. The full set will be publicly accessible on the website and can be shared with project partners, funders, and others with an interest in the MHP-IF and child and youth mental health promotion. 
A sneak peak of a project infographic (developed for the Enhanced Wellness of Refugee Children, Youth and Families project). The full set will be available on the website early in 2021.

KDE Hub’s Annual Symposium, January 25-27, 2021: It’s all about context
The Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund in Context: People, Positioning, Pandemic, Potential

As a fully virtual event, we can accommodate lots of participants. Keep those registrations coming in! Around a unifying theme of context, MHP-IF projects, the PHAC MHP-IF team, KDE Hub Secretariat, Hub Resource Collaborative, and others with relevant expertise and experiences will gather virtually. Professor Margaret Barry (National University of Ireland Galway; Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research; mental health promotion leading light) will give the keynote address. The in-progress agenda is available on the Hub website along with an invitation for input. For those not directly involved in the MHP-IF, we welcome you to reach out to us with interest you may have in making connections with the MHP-IF community and being part of the symposium.

Hub webinars will resume after the Annual Symposium 
Given the more frequent touch points with MHP-IF projects this Fall, regular Hub webinars will resume after the Annual Symposium (February 2021).
From the field
The KDE Hub supports connections and learning amongst the MHP-IF projects and others who aspire to optimal mental health promotion for young Canadians. One way we do this is seeking and sharing timely resources, events and research from the field of child and youth mental health promotion. Here are a few of the items that have caught our attention recently:
  • The co-sponsors of Inspiring Healthy Futures - #WeCANforKids are hosting a series of conversations through to March 2021 to co-design a framework to improve the health and well-being of children, youth and families in Canada. Learn More
  • A Way Home Canada and partners have released a report on a strategy for youth homelessness. This may be of interest because of the upstream approach and in consideration of the overlapping determinants relating to housing and mental health. Learn More 
  • Reports are emerging relating to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian children and youth; one from Maximum City provides national data on social-emotional responses to the pandemic as well as effects on sleep, physical activity/play, school and relationships. Recommendations for a strong recovery include a focus on social reconnection for all young Canadians. Learn More 
  • The National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health has recently added new resources to their Let’s Talk series designed to promote discussion and understanding of key concepts in health equity. Learn More
  • Diane Finegood, a member of the Hub Resource Collaborative, recently hosted a conversation on decolonization and current paradigms of research and evaluation with Kim Van Der Woerd, Founder of Reciprocal Consulting, an award-winning and leading Indigenous-run consulting firm specializing in program evaluation and research. Learn More
  • School Mental Health Ontario has initiated a #ShareTheGood campaign to spread positivity and optimism about adaptations and resilience within schools during these times.  Learn More
Let us know if there are new resources, events or research you would like us to share. We love to hear from you:
Hub Spotlight: Renison University College
At the Hub, we count ourselves very fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with individuals and organizations from right across Canada, and to call Renison University College our ‘Hub home’. Renison is located at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario) and holds dear values of equity, inclusion and social justice that are fully in-line with those held by the MHP-IF and the Hub. Renison’s motto Sed Coelum Solum (One Sky Over All) reflects these values and is expressed through its academic and community programs, and its organizational culture. Since joining Renison in 2019, the Hub has sought ways to leverage the benefits of holding dual citizenship in the MHP-IF and Renison communities. Some examples are hosting student practicums from Renison’s School of Social Work and Social Development Studies, and engaging faculty members in ways that align with their interests. Our most recent video is tailored to our Hub home, and of possible interest to others who want to hear (not read!) an overview of the Hub. 
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