Their role is to ensure that children, youth and families in BC have access to relevant and practical knowledge related to mental health and substance use issues.
Back (left to right): Mary McCracken, Julie Collette, Dr. Connie Coniglio, Brent Seal, Kaleigh McLeod, Meredith Woermke
Middle: Charlene King, Michelle Cianfrone
Front: Kiera Ishmael, Hing Tse, Michelle Horn, Saman Khan, Amy Candido
Missing: Sarah Irving and Kim Korf-Uzan
What the Health Literacy team does
Their role is to ensure that children, youth and families in BC have access to relevant and practical knowledge related to mental health and substance use issues. Over the past five years, the team has clearly exemplified the PHSA value, “excellence through knowledge” through their tireless work to raise public awareness about mental health and encourage early symptom recognition and intervention.
The team delivers evidence-based mental health and substance use information through:
These resources and services have helped break down stigmas and stereotypes about mental illness – replacing them with innovative and empowering approaches to achieving mental health and well being. The team’s work has been recognized through the Collaborative Solutions Award of Merit from HEABC, and an honourable mention in the Partnership category from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
As part of their work, the Health Literacy team also co-authored a journal article documenting the impact of mindcheck.ca’s
In One Voice campaign. The article, titled
Evaluation of a campaign to improve awareness and attitudes of young people towards mental health issues was published in the Journal of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology in November 2012.
Praise for the team
“The Health Literacy team wouldn’t be as successful without their underlying sense of purpose and dedication -- to increase public awareness around mental health, and to encourage recognition and early intervention,” said Leslie Arnold, BCMHAS President. “The team’s unwavering energy, positive attitude, and enthusiasm helps them overcome challenges in a supportive team atmosphere.”
“The team is, I think exemplary … and I think it’s because of the uniqueness of the skills they bring, their passion and enthusiasm for the work, and their real inventiveness about resources and services and how to bring them to the public,” said Dr. Connie Coniglio, Provincial Executive Director.
Watch this short video to learn more about the Health Literacy team