A Healthy Relationships Approach to Violence Prevention and Mental Health Promotion with Vulnerable Youth

The overall goal of this project is to address identified gaps in the area of violence prevention and mental health promotion programming for under-served populations. Specifically, we will evaluate and/or develop effective programming for high risk and vulnerable youth, LGBT2Q+ youth, Indigenous youth, and newcomer youth.

A secondary focus is on building evidence around what works for this youth in real world settings (i.e., the settings that they are already engaged in). Over the course of this five-year project a minimum of 2600 youth will participate in evidence-informed programming. Furthermore, we will provide training and resources to 540 facilitators, and 875 pre-service educators.

This investment by Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is part of Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence

“Violence can affect anyone, but some people, such as Indigenous youth or young people who identify as LGBT2Q+ or have recently immigrated to Canada, may face greater challenges and barriers to healthy relationships. I am proud to announce the Government of Canada’s support for this project, which is being led by Western University. Ensuring that programs and resources meet the needs of our youth is crucial to ending dating violence.”The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health