Tools for Systemic and Comprehensive Approach – Overview


Taking a systemic approach means taking into account the systemic nature of people, organizations, communities and societies. This means, in part, understanding that no one dimension can be considered on its own – the interdependence of many factors arising from the people, physical environments, social environments, and informational environments becomes important. This means understanding the importance of having a multi-dimensional strategy, and paying attention to the interaction between them. Evaluation and learning components of the strategy need to be sufficiently robust to assess the systemic nature of people, the campus, the larger community and the interaction between them.

A comprehensive approach includes a holistic approach to improving student positive mental health and access to services for mental disorders and addictions, as well as initiatives to improve faculty and staff mental health and services for mental disorders and addictions.

Thus, a systemic and comprehensive approach would include

  • Individual and group-oriented initiatives (addressing diversity);
    • Health promotion, capacity building
    • Illness/disorder, addictions treatment, diagnosis, chronic disease management, recovery-oriented services
    • Life skills
    • Learning and wrap-around supports
  • Health-enabling environments (including natural environment, built environment, social environment, informational environments) at the micro-, meso- and macro- levels, across the entire geographic footprint of the campus, including post-secondary institutions’ core business.
  • Linkages and interactions between campus and community environments.

Modify this Comprehensive Systemic Strategy worksheet to apply to your particular situation and desire to track the different aspects of a macro-strategy