The environments in which young people live, learn, play, work, and worship profoundly affect their health. They shape young people’s health practices as well as their resilience, health outcomes, and overall development. Inequities in these environments are also a root cause of health inequities among groups of youth.
Supportive environments are ones that offer young people protection from threats to their resilience, health, and overall development. They facilitate their access to the services, supports, and other resources that foster resilience and enable health and well-being. Supportive environments can be fostered in young people’s schools, neighbourhoods, and communities.
Visit the Toolbox for resources to create supportive environments.