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Can You Feel It

The Can You Feel It? Stress Workshop

This program is suggested for Grades 5-8. Designed by youth for youth, “Can You Feel It?” (CYFI) 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?  Healthy School public health nurses can work with you to extend the key messages to your school community and incorporate “Can You Feel It?” as part of a comprehensive strategy to building resiliency and positive mental health.

A short clip of the video can be viewed at: (VIDEO) (adapted from Sudbury and District Health Unit).

The CYFI program will benefit your students by:

  • Increasing their awareness and understanding of stress
  • Helping to build the necessary life skills to manage and cope with stress
  • Encouraging discussion about healthy versus unhealthy coping strategies

Combined with other school-wide and classroom strategies, it can help to promote positive mental health and well-being.

The Can You Feel It? Stress Workshop and Resource Guide has been developed to support teachers in meeting the mental health, stress, and resiliency themes found throughout the Ontario Health & Physical Education 2015 curriculum and was designed to support the Living Skills component of the curriculum by incorporating Personal Skills (PS), Interpersonal Skills (IS), and Critical Creative Thinking (CT) into the activities.

Personal Skills (PS)
This workshop allow students to become more self-aware. Through self-monitoring skills, students will begin to build a sense of self. Students will learn to understand and recognize their individual strengths and capabilities and will begin to take responsibility for their learning and their actions as they mature. To respond to challenges and develop some control over their lives, students will need to acquire coping and management skills.

Interpersonal Skills (IS)
As students interact with each other and participate in activities and discussions, they will be provided with opportunities to develop their social skills required for positive communication and healthy relationships.

Critical and Creative Thinking (CT)
As students are provided with opportunities to apply their Critical and Creative Thinking skills, they will learn to problem solve, resolve conflicts, make decisions, set personal goals, and seek out supports when needed.

  • Junior and/or Intermediate staff to deliver lesson plans in classroom setting.
  • The Can You Feel It? Stress Workshop & Resource Guide (includes lesson plans, posters, school wide activities, and announcements). Please connect with your Healthy Schools public health nurse for more information.

Materials to support lesson plan activities such as an inflatable beach ball, a hammer, wooden board and nails, two rulers (one metric, one imperial), one kitchen spoon, two pencils (one sharpened and one unsharpened).

The Healthy Schools program offers training for Junior and Intermediate staff and can support program delivery in schools. During the staff train-the-trainer session, Can You Feel It? Stress Workshop resources will be provided to support the implementation of the program at your school. Resources include: facilitator manual, lesson plans, posters, video, PowerPoint presentation slides, student workbook, relaxation audio tracks, and a toolbox of necessary materials to support various lesson plan activities.

Please contact your Healthy Schools public health nurse to find out when there is a training happening near you!

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