What is the Fountain of Health?
The Fountain of Health™ is a national non-profit initiative started at Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry in 2011. It is dedicated to sharing the science of brain health and resilience and to translating that knowledge into practical action. We provide paper and app-based tools for clinicians to use in frontline care to invite and support health behavior change in 5 key health areas known to support long-term well-being. All our clinical resources are free and available for use from the website. We offer Optimal Aging Workshops to optimize brain health and wellness in communities across the country, and we provide Continuing Medical Education for clinicians. We are involved in ongoing quality assurance evaluation to ensure our tools are useful across multiple health care settings and for diverse populations.
The Fountain of Health™ was founded in 2010 by Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy, Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Academic Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Dalhousie University in the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The Fountain of Health™ is a pioneer initiative in Canada called “Positive Psychiatry” dedicated to the science and practice of promoting wellbeing across the lifespan. The Fountain of Health™ was established as a national non-profit organization in 2017. The Fountain of Health™ materials are being disseminated to clinicians across Canada. To learn more, see The Wellness Project page.
The Fountain of Health™ initiative has evolved in phases over the past eight years as follows: