Chronic diseases and population mental health promotion for children and youth

Publication Summary

This discussion paper describes the complex relationship between chronic health conditions and mental health among children and youth. Mental illness can itself be a chronic health condition, and both physical and neurocognitive conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactive disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, can contribute to mental illness or poor mental health. Good mental health can be a protective factor against chronic health conditions across the lifespan.

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This document is part of a collection produced by the six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health to encourage mental health promotion for children and youth within a strong, integrated public health practice. The collection provides numerous entry points for the public health sector to collaborate with other stakeholders to support evidence-informed action that addresses the determinants of mental well-being for all children and youth in Canada.

Published: 2017

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Project No. 299