This briefing note provides a perspective on current practice of mental health impact assessment of projects, programs or policies.

This document outlines three approaches, the rationales put forth by proponents of these approaches, their contribution to health impact assessment practice and the various ways it is used today. It then offers a brief reflection on the potential contribution of this practice to government mental health strategies in Canada.

This note is intended for health impact assessment (HIA) practitioners who want to learn about developments in the area of mental health impact assessment, as well as for professionals and others working to prevent mental disorders and promote mental health who want to learn more about this trend.

Mental Health in the Field of Health Impact Assessment
12 pages