Connectedness & health

Research shows that connectedness to family, community, school and peers is directly linked to improved mental health for youth, as well as to reduced risk, including less self-harming behaviours, less frequent suicidal ideation and reduced substance use.

Connectedness and a sense of belonging is also linked to increased likelihood of high school graduation and post-secondary planning for youth.

The Child & Youth Health Network plans to launch its first 5-year campaign in 2017, with an emphasis on increasing connectedness for children, youth and families.

First 5-Year Campaign

Updated: May 2017

Impact Statement: By 2027: Decrease the number of youth (age 12-18) reporting mental health challenges by 10% within the geographical area of the Greater Victoria School District (SD61).

Baseline Data: McCreary

Three Strategies:

  1. Upstream Approaches (i.e. early years)
  2. Systems Change (i.e. policy and practice)
  3. Connectedness (4 domains: family, school, community & peers)

Theory of Change