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