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Return on Investment: Mental Health Promotion and Mental Illness Prevention

The Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) commissioned the Canadian Policy Network at the University of Western Ontario to complete a scoping study that examines the return on investment and cost effectiveness of mental health promotion.

Mental health issues will be among the leading causes of disability in Canada by 2030, yet there is limited information about the costs of interventions for mental illness prevention and mental health promotion. This scoping study found that there is research showing a return on investment for some mental health promotion/illness prevention interventions. The strongest evidence was for interventions targeting children and youth (such as those that focus on conduct disorders, depression, parenting, and suicide awareness and prevention), while the weakest evidence was from the workplace sector.

Click here to download this report.

You will be interested to know that next week, CNA will be attending the 2011 Champions of Mental Health Awards and Dinner hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada on behalf of our members.

Wishing you every success as you mark Mental Illness Awareness week.

With appreciation and kind regards,


Don Wildfong, MSc, RN

Nurse Advisor, Policy and Leadership I Infirmièr-conseillère, Politiques et leadership
Canadian Nurses Association I Association des infirmières et infirmiers du Canada
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CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and colleges representing 143,843 registered nurses, CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

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