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Mental Health

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. Visit School Mental Health Ontario for ways that educators can contribute to creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive school climate.

  • School Mental Health Ontario offers a free Educator Resource Guide for supporting student mental health and well-being, that includes a variety of learning activities, supports and resources for sharing with parents and families.
  • Teachers can use the Decision Support Tool for Classroom Teachers checklist for planning mental health-related activities.  
  • Strong Minds Strong Kids, Psychology Canada The Kids Have Stress Too!® and Stress Lessons ® programs are designed to provide 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 Kindergarten to Grade 8 and a range of parent education sessions available, these programs compliment a comprehensive school approach.
School Health public health nurses can support the following programs, which complement the work done by educators on mental health promotion.
  • Playground Activity Leaders in School – Healthy P.A.L.S. is a playground leadership program, for elementary schools, that encourages all children to participate in activities regardless of their gender, size, or ability. Dedicated school staff are trained to supervise the program while junior and intermediate students are trained to act as playground activity Student Leaders for younger students. The Healthy P.A.L.S. leaders plan and lead fun and safe activities on the playground during nutrition breaks.
  • Kids Have Stress Too! ® and Stress Lessons ® – public health nurses are available to consult with educators and support co-facilitation of these Strong Minds, Strong Kids: Psychology Canada programs. Parent education sessions are also available to complement in class learning.

For more information and any of these programs, contact your School Health public health nurse or contact Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.

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