A Critical Analysis on UBC Thrive as a Mental Health Promotion

Kimberly Rose Pineda Singian


In Canada, mental health is a growing challenge in which one in five Canadians will likely experience a mental health issue in their lifetime (Canadian Mental Health Association, 2011). The University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Nursing offers a graduate course that explores the role of health promotion in varying practice settings. A workplace mental health promotion called Thrive was initiated in 2008 for the students, faculty, and staff at UBC. Since its inception, there was a lack of assessment on its effectiveness on promoting mental health when this paper was written in 2013. Thus, I critically analyze the adequacy of Thrive at UBC relative to its theoretical underpinnings, current debates on benefits and limitations, influencing contexts for engagement, and recommendations for improvement. This class paper will be of interest for any health professional involved in health promotion strategies and interventions while considering the importance of the socioeconomic contexts of individuals.

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