Summary Reports – Wisdom2Action

Supportive Environments

This document presents a summary of the information found in the Wisdom 2 Action Network’s knowledge synthesis report Creating Supportive Environments for Children and Youth with Complex Needs. Many children and youth have ‘complex needs’ with multi-dimensional problems. Addressing these challenges require complex intervention strategies involving a variety of services and supports. This report brings together existing research and practice based knowledge to explore how we can work together to create holistic, supportive environments where young people can thrive.

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Violence Prevention

This document presents a summary of the information found in the Wisdom 2 Action Network’s knowledge synthesis report Promising Practices for Violence Prevention to Help Children in Disasters and Complex Emergencies. Children and youth are always vulnerable to violence, but living within the context of complex emergencies and disasters significantly heightens their exposure. This report brings together existing research and practice based knowledge to explore how we can prevent young people from being exposed to violence during these challenging circumstances.

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Information-Seeking Behaviour

This document presents a summary of the information found in the Wisdom 2 Action Network’s knowledge synthesis report Information-Seeking Behaviour of Young People & Mental Health, which brings together existing research and practice-based knowledge to explore how youth seek information related to mental health. This report highlights the different pathways that youth use to find out about mental health, and examines the complex barriers that make it difficult for youth to access the mental health information they need.

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Youth Exposed to Violence

This document summarizes the report called Promising Practices to Help Children and Youth who have been Exposed to Violence. It presents violence against children and youth, a complex public health problem that affects communities all around the world. Violence can create devastating mental health outcomes for young people and break families and communities apart. To tackle this problem, a coordinated effort to share lessons learned and document best practices for addressing young peoples’ mental health needs, is urgently needed. The goal of this knowledge synthesis report is to showcase what researchers, practitioners and communities already know in helping young people to cope in the face of violence and in preventing further exposure to the many negative mental health outcomes that are linked with violence.

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Using Technology to Support Youth

This document summarizes the report called Using Technology to Provide Support to Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts, published by the Wisdom 2 Action Network. It presents how technology is currently being used by innovative organizations to help nurture resilience, prevent mental health problems, and build a special place for vulnerable children and youth in their communities. Examples are taken from the fields of healthcare and violence prevention. Gaps in knowledge and service are identified. The hope is for more organizations to use technology as a tool to support the promotion of positive mental health.

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Youth Engagement

It is important to understand youth engagement as central to any best practice intervention. Valuing youth engagement puts the focus on the positive contribution that youth make to programs and their effectiveness; this moves programs from being done “for” youth to “with” youth. There is a gap in the research in how to identify the source and implications of youth vulnerability for their engagement (Paterson & Panessa, 2008a; Poland, Tupker, & Breland, 2002). The purpose of this report is to explore how different youth engagement strategies are being used to help children and youth in the most challenging of contexts nurture resilience, prevent mental health problems and build a special place for themselves in the collective life of their communities.

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