What is the value of public health measurement of CAMH?
Timely and reliable data are integral to the assessment and improvement of CAMH. Health departments have a high degree of expertise in the collection and use of data, and that expertise can be readily applied to collecting and using data to improve CAMH. However, neither “mental disorders” nor “mental health” have a single case definition, which makes CAMH surveillance challenging. Monitoring the association between school indicators (e.g., school attendance, school disciplinary actions, school readiness) and outcomes related to mental health and well-being can serve as a starting point, and additional indicators can be included over time.