Agenda Gap

Agenda Gap is a dynamic research and intervention initiative. The core aim of Agenda Gap is to empower youth with the knowledge and skills needed to advocate for policies that foster mental health and equity within their communities.

This program operates on the fundamental principle that mental health is shaped by our everyday conditions, such as access to nurturing schools, safe neighbourhoods, and freedom from discrimination, many of which are influenced by policy decisions. Through Agenda Gap, we provide young people with the tools and opportunities to actively engage in the policy-making process, aligning decisions with their needs and advancing mental health and well-being. 

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Related Publications

Advancing socioecological mental health promotion intervention: A mixed methods exploration of Phase 1 Agenda Gap findings.

Frontiers in Public Health | 2023 | Health

Protecting and promoting the mental health of youth under 30 years of age is a priority, globally. Yet investment in mental health promotion, which seeks to strengthen the determinants of positive mental health and wellbeing, remains limited relative to prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Assessing the impacts of the Agenda Gap intervention for youth mental health promotion through policy engagement: a study protocol

International Journal of Mental Health Systems | 2023 | Health

Mental health challenges are a leading health concern for youth globally, requiring a comprehensive approach incorporating promotion, prevention and treatment within a healthy public policy framework.

Equipping youth for meaningful policy engagement: an environmental scan

International Journal of Health Promotion | 2024 | Health

To better address the mental health and substance use crises facing youth globally, a comprehensive approach, inclusive of mental health promotion is needed. A key component of mental health promotion is policy intervention to address the social and structural determinants of health.