Community-Embedded Positive Mental Health Promotion Programs for the General Population: A Scoping Review Protocol


  • Lindsay K. Heyland Department of Psychology, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Jodi E. Langley Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University
  • Sophie M. Keddy Dalhousie University
  • Alanna C. Kaser Dalhousie University
  • Taylor G. Hill Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University



Introduction: Positive mental health promotion (PMHP) is an emerging field within community mental health. Programming and policy efforts devoted to promoting mental health are developing. These efforts are varied in scope and nature, and there is little consensus on evidence-based best practices. Objective: To chart the body of literature on PMHP programming and to document the current PMHP in one Canadian province to provide insight into the types, scope, and nature of the programs currently and historically available to community residents in this province. Inclusion criteria: Peer-reviewed literature relevant to community mental health promotion, and grey literature that contains details of community-based programs accessible to the general population in that community. Methods: A preliminary search strategy in PubMed, EBSCO, and PsycInfo was developed with a librarian and a JBI-trained researcher. Primary studies published in English after 2000 evaluating or documenting PMHPs will be included. Grey literature from an environmental scan of existing local programs will be included. Data to be extracted includes study methodology and methods, program scope, content, materials, evaluation and outcomes.

Author Biographies

Lindsay K. Heyland, Department of Psychology, Mount Saint Vincent University

Lindsay Heyland is an undergraduate student in Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Jodi E. Langley, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University

Jodi E. Langley is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University.

Sophie M. Keddy, Dalhousie University

Sophie Keddy is an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science at Dalhousie University.

Alanna C. Kaser, Dalhousie University

Alanna Kaser is an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science at Dalhousie University.

Taylor G. Hill, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University

Taylor G. Hill is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and an Emerging Leader at the Healthy Populations Institute, all at Dalhousie University.


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