Connecting the Dots Report
The YMHAC Initiative provided an opportunity for the RNAO to partner with six health units, local school boards and youth to support youth mental health. Connecting the Dots (2013) is the first report in Ontario to survey all 36 health units in order to describe the range of child and youth mental health activities, initiatives, services and programming occurring in Ontario public health units.
The report demonstrates that a substantial amount of work is already underway by Ontario public health units to address mental health in children and youth. Health units are responding to local needs, working with a variety of partners, and showing resourcefulness by integrating mental health into existing programming. While the report suggests the role of public health in mental health is not a new one, it remains largely unresolved in Ontario.