Mental health literacy in secondary schools: a Canadian approach

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2015 Apr;24(2):233-44. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2014.11.007. Epub 2014 Dec 30.


"Mental health literacy is an integral component of health literacy and has been gaining increasing attention as an important focus globally for mental health interventions. In Canada, youth mental health is increasingly recognized as a key national health concern and has received more focused attention than ever before within our health system. This article outlines 2 unique homegrown initiatives to address youth mental health literacy within Canadian secondary schools."

Keywords: Knowledge translation; Mental health literacy; Mental health promotion; School programs; Youth.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Canada
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Literacy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders*
  • School Health Services*
  • Schools
  • Students / psychology*