INCREASING CAPACITY OF SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS AND RESOURCES
Have attended workshops delivered across 21 BC school communities since the initiative started in 2015.
Agreed or strongly agreed that the workshop increased their awareness of available mental health resources and supports.
Lots of material that I can immediately use and was inspired by the information.
[I liked] sharing thoughts about mental health issues and how to address them.
This year marked the conclusion of the three-year provincial mental health literacy workshops, supported by the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation. Over the past three years, a total of 41 outreach workshops were delivered across 21 BC school communities to improve mental health literacy in the Northern, Interior and Island regions of the province. These tailored workshops were conducted along with youth speakers and local community partners to share information about the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and foundrybc.ca, local community mental health resources, mental health statistics and youth stories. The workshops featured presentations of Stop Wondering, Start Knowing: A Mental Health Video Resource for Schools.
Helping young people develop their knowledge and skills related to mental health and substance use can be best accomplished by engaging students in thoughtful discussions, with the goal of encouraging students to think critically about their current beliefs, attitudes and behaviours.
This year, the Mental Health Literacy Team added new, and enhanced existing, website content for school professionals on the Kelty Mental Health and foundrybc.ca websites. The content includes information on workshops and presentations on mental health in the classroom, links to curriculum resources for teaching mental health competencies, tips for incorporating mental health into lesson plans and links to other resources and trainings.
The model can be used as a tool to identify different efforts and practices currently in place while also looking at the bigger picture.
The Mental Health Literacy Team collaborates with provincial partners in school mental wellness to identify needs and disseminate information. This year, there was interest in developing a tool that illustrates the various components, initiatives and programs that support mental health and well-being in school communities. A working group of the BC School Centred Mental Health Coalition collaboratively developed the Pyramid Model. The visual can be used to situate and contextualize efforts to support mental health and well-being and show how they fit together to support all students.
Achieving the vision
The Mental Health Literacy Team provides support, resources and information for BC school professionals to increase their capacity to foster the positive mental health and wellness of their students. School is an important setting for promoting and learning about mental health, and educators and school professionals play a key and influential role in this area.
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