Social connection and belonging – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Social connection and belonging – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Relationships are one of the strongest predictors of children’s well-being throughout life. Studies have also found that a strong sense of belonging is associated with high self-rated mental health, even when controlling for geography and socio-economic status. Local governments can strengthen social connectedness and belonging for young people through initiatives that enable neighbourhood social cohesion,…

Safety – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Safety – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Safety includes both actual and perceived physical, psychological, and social safety experienced at home, school, and in community. Local governments can work towards creating public areas that are safe for children and youth while also implementing policies that respond to larger societal threats like racism, discrimination, poverty, inequality, and climate change.   This is the link…

Play – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Play – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Play is essential for child development. It promotes mental well-being through brain development, stress relief, physical activity, and time outdoors. Local governments can create and maintain spaces and provide opportunities for all kinds of play – and not just in typical designated play places and programs.   This is the link for Protective Factor: Play. You…

Participation – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Participation – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

When children are given opportunities to participate, they feel a sense of belonging and agency; and, that they are part of something bigger than themselves. They also gain skills that allow for more meaningful contributions to society. Local governments can create welcoming and inclusive environments that include children and youth in planning, decision-making, and governance,…

Introduction – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

Introduction – Child and Youth Mental Well-Being Resources

The introduction section in the guide gives a brief overview of how local governments influence the mental well-being of children and youth within their scope and existing mechanisms, how local governments benefit from this, the critical role of quality adults in young people’s lives and the importance of reducing disparities.   Given that all local…

Rapid Action Resources for Local Governments: Community Food Production

Rapid Action Resources for Local Governments: Community Food Production

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, social and economic impacts continue to emerge for communities here in British Columbia. One of the areas of concern identified for our province has been food security in its many forms (see sidebar for clarification).  In response, PlanH has developed a series of Rapid Action Resources to provide local governments with…