The Formation of the Canada–United States School Mental Health Alliance

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School Mental Health (SMH) and education leaders from Canada and the United States (U.S.) have been meeting to explore collaboration across borders to enhance school success by supporting the social, emotional and mental well-being of students. Meetings in Minneapolis in 2009, under the auspice of the International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools (www.intercamhs.org), and in Washington, D.C. in 2010, resulted in a new Canada–U.S. Alliance for SMH. The Alliance focuses on four objectives: expand and integrate SMH research to build a cross-border, unified evidence base to be translated meaningfully into practice, build knowledge and connections incrementally amongst practitioners in an increasingly formalized way, seek funding to support communication and collaboration across disciplines, borders and organizations, and advocate for and support standardized training in professions working to implement SMH programs. Presented are conclusions and recommendations, goals and directions for the partnership, and primary accomplishments thus far.

Keywords: CROSS-SECTORAL INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION; INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION; INTERNATIONAL NETWORK; SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2011

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  • Published by The Clifford Beers Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion emphasises the interconnectedness of research, policy, training and practice and the opportunities to make progress in all these areas through global dialogue, collaboration and action. Mark Weist (University of South Carolina and former director/senior advisor of the Center for School Mental Health) and Michael Murray (The Clifford Beers Foundation) are the editors, supported by a distinguished international editorial board.

    Advances in School Mental Health Promotion is an academic journal that co-ordinates the dissemination of new research outcomes to all those involved in policy making and the implementation of mental health promotion in schools and is essential reading for those with a personal or professional interest in this work.

    Peer reviewed by an expert international board, the Journal is a comprehensive information resource which publishes material of distinction submitted by those with a clinical, professional, academic or personal interest in promoting mental health in schools

    The aim of the Journal is to increase awareness, foster understanding and promote collaboration between the different disciplines engaged in this diverse activity of study.

    Advances in School Mental Health Promotion is the official journal of the International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools (InterCAMHS), an alliance that aims to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

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