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Mental Health Resources for Secondary Educators

Given the link between emotional well-being and academic achievement, schools play an important role in promoting positive mental health. Educators can work to promote positive mental health within the school by providing education to students that works towards increasing protective factors, decreasing risk factors, increasing resiliency and decreasing inequities. Look at the Mental Health and Well-being at School infosheet for the many ways that educators can contribute to creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive school climate.
  • Can You Feel It? – Suggested for Grades 9 to 10. Designed by youth for youth, “Can You Feel It?” helps students build the necessary life skills to manage and cope with the stress in their everyday lives. This resource addresses such topics as: What is stress? How do we recognize it and how do we cope with it? School Health public health nurses can work with schools to incorporate “Can You Feel It?” as part of a comprehensive approach to building resiliency and positive mental health. Program components such as video, posters, booklets, lesson plans, and school wide activities can be accessed through the School Health team. A short clip (2min:47sec.) of the video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFkryxkAh5g (VIDEO). (Adapted from Public Health Sudbury and Districts)
  • The Psychology Foundation of Canada – The Kids Have Stress Too!® program provides educators with the awareness, knowledge and skills to help children and youth become more resilient, and healthier by learning to manage stress. With classroom lessons for Grade 9 to 12 and a range of parent programs available, the program compliments a comprehensive school approach. The School Health program offers train-the-trainer for school staff to become familiar with the Psychology Foundation’s program. Click here for more information.
  • iTHINK – A Critical Thinking & Media Literacy Manual – Suggested for Grades 9 to 12. This manual contains a variety of teaching tools to engage students to think critically about the world around them in order to support healthy decision-making, and mitigate the influence of media marketing related to a number of health topics. The manual contains grade specific discussion guides with learning outcomes which complement Ontario curriculum expectations (e.g. Arts, Language, and Health and Physical Education). Interactive resources, such as video clips, quizzes, case studies, are also included to support classroom teaching and student learning. (Developed by Central East Tobacco Control Area Network (TCAN) and Peterborough County City Health Unit).
  • Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide – Suggested for Grades 9 to12. Educators will find six interactive web-based classroom-ready modules written in the form of lesson plans that include both print-based classroom activities and audio-visual activities. Although the material is intended primarily for use in Health and Physical Education courses, it may also fit well with a number of other curriculum areas including Social Science and Humanities. The modules are password protected. The password is t33nh3alth.
  • Triple P – The Triple P Positive Parenting Program is an effective parenting program that helps parents Triple P programs are available in Simcoe Muskoka and other communities across Ontario. For more information contact Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or go to the Triple P Website. Parent education can support the work done by educators on mental health promotion.
  • Psychology Foundation’s Kids Have Stress Too!® Parent Program: workshops providing parents and caregivers an opportunity to learn about stress in children, their reactions to stress and build skills to support their children to cope with stressful experiences. A range of parent workshops are delivered by School Health public health nurses within school settings. Parent education can support the work done by educators on mental health promotion.
  • Positive Mental Health Toolkit – Designed to promote positive mental health perspectives and practices within the school. The toolkit is meant to facilitate a shift in practice and to assist in engaging school and community strengths to foster the positive growth and development of children and youth.
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) CAMH conducts the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey every two years with Grade 7 to 12 students. They also provide current information and resources on drug, alcohol and mental health issues.
  • Promoting Mental Health: Finding a Shared Language video: video for staff explaining the interconnected concepts of mental health and mental illness, as well as what it means to ‘promote mental health’ in ourselves and in our community.
  • Mind Your Mind – This program engages youth, emerging adults and the professionals who serve them to co-develop reliable and relevant resources with the goal of reducing stigma associated with mental illness and encouraging youth to access community supports, both professional and peer-based. Through the use of active engagement, best practice and technology, Mind Your Mind inspires youth to reach out, get help and give help.
  • Supporting Minds: An Educator’s Guide to Promoting Students’ Mental Health and Well-being is designed to provide educators with information on the early signs of mental health and addiction problems, along with strategies that can be used in the classroom to support students (kindergarten to Grade 12).
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