Hub Update: Late October 2020 edition 
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A warm welcome: Our first edition after going public
We are delighted to welcome those of you who signed up for our updates since the Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF) was publicly announced in September. And welcome back to our MHP-IF friends! You can all expect Hub Updates every 4-6 weeks. They’re a periodic and selective sharing of what’s happenings with the KDE Hub and MHP-IF, and in the field of mental health promotion. Each of you will get a feel for what information is most relevant and of interest to you. A feature we’re trying out in this edition is a cue for items and actions that are specific to MHP-IF projects using the yellow sticky icon below. For  more fulsome updates, resources and opportunities to connect, please visit and follow us on social media. 
From the Hub

Recent highlights

From left to right: Michael Kwag (Knowledge Exchange and Policy Development Director, Community-Based Research Centre), The Honourable Patty Hajdu (Canadian Minister of Health), Dr. Barb Riley (Scientific Director, KDE Hub)
We’ve gone public! 
On September 10, 2020, our federal Minister of Health, The Honourable Patty Hajdu, announced funding for the MHP-IF at an event in Toronto, Ontario. The event was broadcast live and also attended in-person by two members of the MHP-IF community (photo above). Learn more about the media coverage following the MHP-IF announcement and the Hub’s public launch by clicking on the links below:

Public Health Agency of Canada’s press release 

Renison University College (our host institution’s) press release

News article in the Kitchener-Waterloo CBC

Now public, the Hub can more freely spread the word about the MHP-IF and help connect people and organizations who share interests in mental health promotion. One way to do this is for each of you to share this update within your networks, with our thanks! 

September 11 webinar: Insights from the Atlantic Summer Institute (ASI) 2020
This webinar shared highlights and insights from the ASI’s online policy forum on upstream investment in mental health promotion. Hub team members attended the event to bring relevant insights to the MHP-IF community, and to consider how to build on this impressive and timely work in the Atlantic region on a national scale. An event brief (PDF) and webinar recording are now available. ASI materials and session recordings will be publicly accessible (beyond ASI attendees) early in 2021.The Hub is coordinating any release with the ASI organizers.

Looking ahead

October 28 webinar: Early system engagement and project infographics
So far, Hub webinars have been offered for MHP-IF projects. Some will continue this way and others will be public. The October webinar is for MHP-IF projects. It’s a chance to shape some early Hub directions for strengthening system supports for mental health promotion in Canada; so needed for any long-term goals for sustaining and scaling up your work. We’ll also be unveiling and seeking input on a newly designed infographic template that we’ll customize with each MHP-IF project. Keep watch for these on the Hub website later this Fall. 
MHP-IF Project Community Study survey coming to an inbox near you!
A friendly reminder! MHP-IF project team members who have some responsibility for interacting with other projects and the Hub will soon receive an email invitation to participate in an online survey. If you receive the link, know you’re part of a small group within the MHP-IF, and yet your perspective will have a large impact. The survey and some focus groups to follow will help guide Hub supports and MHP-IF directions. 

Pandemic extension year for the MHP-IF
Phase 1 of the MHP-IF will now end in March 2022. This extension allows funded projects and the Hub to adapt their plans and timelines in response to the pandemic. It also allows the MHP-IF to learn about adaptation processes and their impacts on people, professions and programs. Using a co-design process, the Hub will continue to seek input on a pandemic adaptations study. Research questions will be the next iteration; coming soon! 

First annual MHP-IF symposium
It’s virtual and it’s booked for January 25-27, 2021. Based on input over the past year and today’s realities, a unifying theme we’re working with is context; what is it? How do we plan, act and learn in an environment of unprecedented uncertainty, shifting needs, new research? The Hub is developing some ideas and will continue to apply our ethic of co-design. For those not directly involved in the MHP-IF, we welcome you to reach out to us at with any interests you may have in making connections with the MHP-IF community and being part of what we anticipate will be highly relevant and lively sessions and discussions. 
From the field

The Hub is happy to help promote events relevant to child and youth mental health promotion; through our Updates, social media and website. 

#CanadaWeWant youth conference 
The #CanadaWeWant youth conference will take place on November 23-25, 2020, with thanks to The Students Commission of Canada, lead organization for the MHP-IF ‘Authentic Social Identity and Mental Health Project’, for sharing this event with us. 

Emerging resources related to COVID-19 and child and youth mental health promotion

The Hub supports and complements the great work of others who are contributing to our vision. Several organizations have curated resources related to the pandemic and child and youth mental health promotion. Links below will take you to a few of these resources. 

Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s COVID-19 and Mental Health Initiative  

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child & Youth Mental Health  

School Mental Health Ontario

Hub Spotlight: MHP-IF projects
Now that the news of the MHP-IF is public, we wanted to help make it easy – for the set of 20 funded projects and others – to get to know a bit about the who, what, where, why and how of the 20 innovations that have been funded across Canada. Their shared focus is child and youth mental health promotion, with an emphasis on promoting health equity. Within this focus, their diversity stands out, which is a great strength for learning as we go about what might work well or not with different groups and in different places. Check out some brief and informative descriptions of each project on our website. And check back for those infographics (noted above) coming soon! 
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