About the Session:
Emerging adulthood (16-25) is marked by multiple, fast-paced life-course transitions and is the developmental period when the most mental health problems manifest for Canadians. Unfortunately, many young people are unable to access vital services and programs when they need them. The Mental Health Commission of Canada hosted the first Canadian conference on emerging adult mental health with the goal of developing a consensus statement of concrete recommendations for improving the mental health of emerging adults.The consensus conference highlighted the importance of adopting a multi-sector, interdisciplinary approach to mental wellness across the life-span to better meet the diverse needs of emerging adults. This poster will outline the final recommendations proposed through the consensus process and will explore the education sector and the role that schools and campuses have in contributing to the mental wellness of emerging adults.
Despina Papadopoulos, MEd is a Knowledge Broker at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. She oversees the Knowledge Exchange Centre’s work on child and youth mental health, with a specific focus on the mental health of emerging adults. She also provides Knowledge Exchange support on the first responders, workplace and the Recovery initiatives where she led in the development of the MHCC Canadian Inventory on recovery oriented resources.
Christopher Canning, Ph.D, is the Manager of Policy and Research in the Knowledge Exchange Centre at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He is a sociologist of mental health who holds a PhD from Queen’s University. Some of his current responsibilities include overseeing the child and youth mental health portfolio; liaising with and actively engaging the MHCC’s Youth Council and Advisory Council; and providing research and knowledge exchange support for the National Strategy.