For School Professionals

Mental health is an important aspect of a young person's life. Talking about mental health isn't always easy. We can help.

Mental health is comprised of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are common to all us. Intense feelings that won't go away; troublesome thoughts that persist; and using alcohol or other drugs to cope can be signs that we need to pay attention to our mental health.

Early identification and linking young people with resources to strengthen their mental health is key to reducing the burden of mental disorders. Like any health issue, we are better equipped if we are able to recognize the signs and symptoms. Once identified, we can then take action to prevent things from getting worse.  

Below are two resources for teachers to use in their classrooms:

Stop Wondering, Start Knowing: A Mental Health Video Resource for Schools is pleased to offer Stop Wondering, Start Knowing: A Mental Health Video Resource for SchoolsThis resource includes a facilitation guide, video stories from youth with lived experience with mental health challenges, and links to additional resources and supports. It is designed for grades 8 to 10, but can be for used for other groups at the discretion of the educator. The goals of the resource are:

  • To better understand and be more aware of mental health
  • To recognize the early signs of mental health challenges
  • To reflect and share ideas about mental health
  • To help decrease stigma around mental health
  • To learn about resources available for support 

Click on the image above to download a pdf of the facilitation guide.  You can also order a print copy

Printable Resource Handouts:

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Healthy Minds, Healthy Youth: A Speak Up Lesson Activity

A complementary Healthy Minds, Healthy Youth: Speak Lesson Activity developed by Fraser Health in partnership with Coast Capital Savings is also available. The lesson activity enhances students’ understanding of mental health challenges through researching the mental health information and resources available on the website and sharing learning through group presentations and discussions. 

Click on image to download pdf of lesson activity. Or on the links below

Introductory Letter to Teachers

Lesson Activity Overview

Teacher Manual

Student Mental Health Handout

Student Assignment Handout

Teacher Feedback Form

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