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Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid Response - Positive mental health

RDC News: August 2022

Holiday closures, researcher congrats and kudos, Saturday hours for August , and a new data set profile.

Jul 20, 2022

Holiday closures

This month we will have the following changes to our usual operating hours:

  • Closed for the civic holiday on Monday August 1st


Saturday Hours - On Demand

Offered dates for Saturday hours this month are:

  • Saturday, August 13th - 12pm to 4pm


Congrats & Kudos

Congratulations to Dr. Shamini Selvakumar (MD, McMaster) on completing her residency in Pediatrics at the McMaster Children’s Hospital in June 2022. Shamini is continuing her research in the RDC on physical activity among immigrant and non-immigrant youth using the Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS).

Bravo to Karen Ugarte Bravo for successfully defending her PhD. dissertation, “Three Essays in Applied Micro-Econometrics” (focusing on prescription opioid consumption) in the Department of Economics at McMaster University. Karen is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Toronto.


New data sets at the RDC: 

Canadian Community Health Survey - Rapid Response - Positive mental health (CCHS RR PMH)

The CCHS collects information on health status, health care use and determinants of health. It relies upon a large sample of respondents and is designed to provide reliable estimates at the regional level. In 2007, a rapid response section was added to the survey. This portion of the survey appears for some collection periods and is conducted based on interest and cost-recovery from organizations with interest in obtaining national estimates on specific topics. 

This module is the Mental Health Continuum - Short Form (MHC-SF) instrument developed by Dr. Corey Keyes. The MHC-SF consists of 14 items that can be used to classify individuals as having flourishing, languishing, or moderate mental health. Answers to this module are used to determine the positive mental health of the respondent. Higher levels of positive mental health are widely thought to be associated with better overall health.

Further details can found at:

If you would like more information on how to submit a proposal for access to this data see  For more information about the RDC program please contact your local RDC analyst.