ASI 2020

Atlantic Policy Forum on Mental Health Promotion

August 24-26, 2020 ~ Charlottetown, PEI

Upstream Investment in Mental Health Promotion: The Answer to the Mental Health Crisis


Be part of a movement that brings together people who are capable of influencing and implementing changes at the policy and community levels! ASI 2020 aims to increase understanding of the importance of infant, child and youth mental health for the whole of society, and foster policy actions to influence upstream investment in support of mental health.

Develop skills to build capacity for upstream policy development and implementation
Share ideas and engage in dialogue, building on evidence and best practice
Help build an agenda and resources for policy development and implementation
Collaborate and have fun with diverse participants
Learn from Indigenous leaders & youth advocates passionate about mental health promotion
Expand your networks in Atlantic Canada and beyond
Explore the historic and vibrant seaside city of Charlottetown

Who will attend?
Politicians, public servants, health practitioners, private sector, media, unions, academics, educators, social agencies, community organizations, Indigenous leaders, youth leaders and the general public… everyone interested in collaborating to improve mental health!

ASI 2020 will build on the strengths of the past five years of successful ASI programming on mental health promotion, and consultations to be held this spring, and move action to the next level by producing resources that support upstream policy development and implementation to promote the mental health of infants, children and youth.

The Forum will model collaboration in Atlantic Canada, expand our understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, link with the Sustainable Development Goals, and move action in Atlantic Canada to the next level by producing a policy agenda and resources that support upstream policy development and implementation. Highlights include learnings from the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) early childhood mental health project, best practice from our Atlantic Canada consultations this spring, evidence from the National Collaborating Centre (NCC) on Healthy Public Policy, and best practice from Quebec.

“When we think of mental health we often think of emotional difficulties and mental health problems and how we can resolve a crisis once it has occurred. This thinking demands an investment after the fact or ‘downstream’. ‘Upstream’ thinking means investing wisely for future success and addressing the broader determinants of mental health at a population level. We view mental health as a resource for all that requires a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach. Although there is evidence to support an ‘upstream’ view, our current investment in policies and practice is ‘downstream’ and we will need a change in public and political support to think and invest differently.”
– Professor Margaret Barry, ASI 2017 keynote speaker,
WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research, National University of Ireland, Galway

The ASI 2020 Forum will be held August 24-26 in Charlottetown, PEI, on the unceded ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Materials in French and simultaneous interpretation will be available for many presentations. A Youth Leadership Program and a Children’s Program will also be offered.


$325 Early Bird rate (until June 15)

After June 15:
$450 Full registration rate / $325 Student registration rate


Advance Registration Package – March Only!

Not yet certain who will attend from your organization, but want to ensure that your group can attend? Reserve seats now for groups of 3 or more at the early bird rate and get one registration free! This offer ends on March 31.  Contact us at to request an invoice or arrange for online payment (this package cannot be purchased through EventBrite).


*** Stay tuned for details about provincial consultations to be held this spring in Atlantic Canada.