Hub Update: January 2023 edition 
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From the Hub
Recent highlights

The MH COVID Project Community 
Welcome webinars for more than 40 projects funded through the Supporting the Mental Health of those Most Affected by COVID-19 (MH COVID) initiative are well underway with only a few remaining! Many thanks to the participants for their time and enthusiasm. The growth of this project community signals an exciting time ahead with new opportunities for developing and sharing new knowledge produced both across and within MH COVID projects. We look forward to continuing to create these opportunities for projects to share their work and connect with other projects as part of the MH COVID project community. Learn more about the MH COVID projects here
MHP-IF Project Community Webinar 
In November, the Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF) project community gathered to share updates and look ahead to upcoming connection opportunities. The Hub shared highlights from round two of a project community survey. Findings highlighted the continued importance of allowing the space for projects to connect, learn, and reflect. In this spirit project team members were invited to discuss and share in this webinar their reflections on community progress as well as ideas for the upcoming 2023 Annual Symposium and other Hub supports for Phase 2. Read more in the webinar Event Brief
New team member at the Hub  
We are excited to welcome Dr. Katie Dowling to the Hub! Katie joins the Hub team as a Postdoctoral Fellow with knowledge and international experience in mental health promotion. Her main interests include program development, implementation science, and evaluation. Learn more about Katie on the Our Team page. 
Dr. Katie Dowling, Postdoctoral Fellow 
Hub presentation at a Community Health and Social Services Network event  
On December 14, 2022, Hub members had the pleasure of participating in a Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) Mental Health Networking and Knowledge Exchange event. This included presenting about the KDE Hub and taking part in small group discussions. The CHSSN works to promote equitable access to health and social services in Quebec. 
Looking Ahead
Webinar: Applying a Trauma-Informed Approach for Mental Health Promotion 

Trauma-informed organizations help to build trusting relationships with priority populations, reduce the incidence of re-traumatization, and provide a safe space for those who require support. This webinar led by Dr. Nancy Pool, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, will provide an application-based lens to trauma-informed approaches for mental health promotion and mental illness prevention.  

If you are interested in this webinar but have not received a calendar invitation, please reach out to us at

2023 Annual Symposium: Registration now open! 

Join us February 28 and March 1, 2023 for the Hub’s Annual Symposium! Project teams and those with interests in mental health promotion are invited to join us virtually for two days of learning and connecting. This year’s Annual Symposium will:  

  • Increase awareness of windows of opportunity for improving population mental health  

  • Equip participants to identify potential levers of change for action at local, provincial, and national levels 

  • Create connections withing and between those working in various sectors including practice, research and government  

For more details, visit the Hub’s Annual Symposium website page.  

Mental Health Promotion in Action Series 

We are excited to share the launch of our Mental Health Promotion in Action Series – a curation of Hub-developed knowledge products that capture MHP-IF project stories and the lessons learned from the MHP-IF cross-project Pandemic Adaptation Study (learn more about the study, here).  

MHP in Action Fact sheets 

MHP-IF project stories highlighted important lessons on supporting specific populations, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, newcomers and refugees, and 2SLGBTQI+ communities. To share these key learnings, the Hub has developed a series of two-page fact sheets. Each fact sheet offers considerations and tips for mental health promotion work. To access the fact sheets, visit the Mental Health Promotion in Action page on our website.

From the field
  • The Ontario Coalition for Child and Youth Mental healthy recently published a position paper calling action in the following three areas: (1) system coordination; (2) equity; and (3) mental health promotion, early identification and prevention of mental health concerns.  

  • The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health published a new textbook centering Indigenous voices and experience for effective decolonization in health care. The NCCIH also developed a video series featuring conversations with the editors and offers insights on key concepts used throughout the textbook. 

  • This recent study explored the experiences of caregivers of refugee background in Canada to inform the development of a novel, multi-dimensional parenting program using Community-Based Participatory Research principles.  

  • The Human Early Learning Partnership released their Wave 8 report comprising of data collected from the Early Development Instrument (EDI), marking 20 years of EDI data collection in British Columbia. In addition to sharing key findings from Wave 8, this report provides a provincial summary of EDI data across these last two decades.  

  • School Mental Health Ontario released #HearNowON, a report amplifying Ontario secondary students’ voice and perspectives about their priorities for mental health programming in schools, including the importance of equity and student engagement.  

  • This new resource from the Ontario Youth Suicide Prevention Life Promotion Collaborative offers considerations for how school boards and community-based providers can work together to support children and youth with suicide prevention and life promotion.  

Let us know if there are new resources, events or research you would like us to share. We love to hear from you:  

Project Spotlight

The HORS-PISTE program supports high school students in Quebec to better cope with developmental challenges and prevent the emergence of symptoms linked to anxiety disorders by promoting psychosocial skills (e.g. adapting and managing stress, regulating emotions, etc.). The program has two components: (1) HORS-PISTE Exploration (universal prevention component); and (2) HORS-PISTE Expedition (early intervention).  

This MHP-IF project aims to co-create, implement, and evaluate an improved version of the program in schools across Quebec. Recently, Université de Sherbrooke, lead of the HORS-PISTE project, shared promising findings on the effects of the HORS-PISTE Exploration Cycle 1 program in their new journal publication. To learn more about the HORS-PISTE program visit or the HORS-PISTE website

The Knowledge Development and Exchange Hub is dedicated to optimal mental health promotion across Canada. Our niche is supporting projects funded through federal mental health promotion programs and a broader community with shared interests. Learn more at
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