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Kids Have Stress Too! Lessons Stress Lessons

Strong Minds Strong Kids: Psychology Canada - Kids Have Stress Too!®/Stress Lessons® 

We have partnered with Strong Minds, Strong Kids to be able to support the delivery of their evidence-based Kids Have Stress Too! ® and Stress Lessons ® programs in schools, including: 

  • Kids Have Stress Too!® Kindergarten and Preschool Program: Provides educators with lessons and engaging activities to help young children learn how to manage stress and support an emotionally-healthy classroom environment.  
  • Kids Have Stress Too!® Tools and Activities for Classrooms Grades 1 to 3: Provides educators with lessons and engaging activities that promote self-regulation and help students develop effective stress-management skills and supporting an emotionally-healthy classroom environment.
  • Kids Have Stress Too!® for Grades 4 to 6: Provides educators with practical, developmentally appropriate, engaging activities for students aged 9 to 12. Stress Lessons is designed to help teach students how to manage stress today, and for the rest of their lives.
  • Stress Lessons® From Stress Out to Chilled Out for Grades 7 to 9: Provides educators with a student-centred approach to teach stress-management strategies and skills and build emotional resiliency in their students and themselves.
  • Stress Lessons®: Tools for Resilience for Grades 9 to 12: Provides educators with engaging strategies and tools to help teens develop resilience and positive coping skills.
We offer support to educators to help build their own awareness, knowledge and skills in delivering mental health curriculum and, in turn, to help their students become more resilient, and healthier by learning to manage stress. With classroom lessons for schools and a range of parent programs available, the program compliments a comprehensive school approach.
Kids Have Stress Too!® and Stress Lessons® help students to discover what stress is and ways to manage stress in a fun and engaging way. Combined with other school-wide and classroom strategies, these programs can help to promote positive mental health and well-being.

Delivery of Kids Have Stress Too! ® and/or Stress Lessons ® within the classroom supports the mental health, stress, and resiliency themes found throughout the Ontario Health & Physical Education Curriculum in Strand A: Social-Emotional Learning Skills and Strand D: Healthy Living as it relates to health topics including Mental Health Literacy.
For more detailed information, including Ontario based curriculum connections, learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities, visit the links below from Strong Minds Strong Kids: Psychology Canada: 
Kids Have Stress Too!® Curriculum Connections 
Stress Lessons® .

To get started, we recommend that schools:

  • Have a copy of the Kids Have Stress Too! ® and/or Stress Lessons ® program guide(s), for selected grades.
  • Set time aside at a staff meeting to provide an overview of the program.
  • Identify staff interested in delivering the lessons within their classroom. 

The classroom lessons, videos, and activities are all accessible from the Strong Minds Strong Kids - Psychology Canada website for a nominal fee. Formal training is also available. 

We work with schools to support their delivery of the Kids Have Stress Too ® and Stress Lessons ® programs. We offer:

  • An introductory presentation for educators to raise awareness about Kids Have Stress Too! ® and Stress Lessons ®, including how these can be incorporated into your school action plan for mental health and well-being.
  • Consultation and co-facilitation with educators, to help increase their comfort in delivering these programs within their classroom.
  • Support to extend classroom learning through whole school mental health and well-being initiatives and youth engagement activities (e.g., organizing and running a “Chill Fair” for students and their families).
  • Parent and caregiver presentations, delivered by public health nurses, to communicate about the concepts students are learning in the classroom and help families practice stress management techniques and strategies at home.  

To book a staff meeting presentation, or to request support with planning and implementing Kids Have Stress Too! ® and/or Stress Lessons ® at your school, contact your School Health public health nurse.

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