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Guideline 8: Address opportunities for organizational change, policy development and advocacy

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Children & Youth

Address opportunities for organizational change, policy development and advocacy by:

  • mobilizing parents, teachers, and youth
  • being aware of and monitoring upcoming legislation and government initiatives, in order to identify and influence change that incorporates a mental health promotion approach
  • implementing client and/or staff surveys to assess the organizational climate
  • working with management, students and staff to create a health promoting school and workplace
  • identifying policy initiatives to influence school culture.

Examples include:

  • a safe schools policy
  • health-promoting schools—policies, education
  • advocacy for physical activity in the school
  • advocacy for school cafeteria policies (e.g., vending machine policies)
  • advocacy for green space and gardens
  • giving opportunities to community members, parents, teachers and youth to voice issues and engage in dialogue and problem solving
  • lobbying for legislative change.

Programs that incorporate Guideline 8 are:

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Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Children and Youth

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