Posts tagged ‘Mental Health’
The Professional Library has 2 new picture books on Alzheimer’s:
- Forget Me Not (2014, written by Nancy Van Laan; illustrated by Stephanie Graegin)
- Weeds in Nana’s Garden (2016, written and illustrated by Kathryn Harrison)
To search for more book resources on this topic, check
- Toronto bookstore, Parentbooks: book list on Aging, Eldercare and Alzheimer’s
- Novelist on the Virtual Library
Created by the Alberta Teachers Association, Canadian Mental Health Association (Alberta) and Global TV, Compassionate Classrooms is a reference booklet for teachers about the mental health needs of their students. The most important factor for success in dealing with a mental health issue is support—and teachers are an important part of their students’ support system. This booklet provides teachers with information on common mental health issues, tools to help identify students in need and resources to help teachers make referrals to mental health professionals. Download a copy of Compassionate Classrooms,
Check it out! Rowan
From page 1: “The Ministry of Education’s Well-Being Strategy follows strategies developed by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in identifying four domains of success: Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Emotional. Using the same framework goals within the Ministry and across the youth sector is an essential step in establishing coherence in Ontario’s goals and policies for youth, from early learning through post-secondary education. The Well-Being Strategy has also articulated some important core policy areas – for example, Healthy Schools – that have a central role to play in supporting conditions of wellness in relation to learning in schools.
While People for Education supports the broad strokes of this work, we recognize that there are significant challenges that need to be addressed. These challenges sit in three critical areas: 1. Policy confusion, redundancy, and competition 2. Specificity and definition 3. Measurement”
From page 4: …”we recommended that the Ministry use existing policy – in particular the Creating Pathways to Success policy, portfolios, and professional development – as a key anchor for the upcoming Well-Being Strategy. We also recommend that the Ministry develop consistent language and goals throughout its policies so that the links and interconnections are clear. For example, one consistent strategy could link the portfolios in Creating Pathways with the WellBeing Strategy and the Learning Skills and Work Habits on Ontario report cards.”
Check it out! Rowan
Reminding everyone that March 19, 2017 is the final date to submit feedback on the Ministry’s well-being strategy for education. Check out the Ministry’s page at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/about/wellbeing2.html for various print and vidoes resources and the link to the engagement portal where you can submit feedback.
From the site: “The Ministry of Education is looking to develop a shared vision of how we can best support the well-being of all students, in collaboration with parents, students, educators and administrators, counsellors, social workers, and community partners across the province.
Work is happening every day in local school communities to promote and support the well-being of students. At the same time, we also know that there are significant challenges and more work is necessary to support the well-being of all Ontario learners. The Ministry of Education wants to learn from, and build on the successful work underway, as we collectively move forward on our shared goal of promoting student well-being.
By drawing on the knowledge of those who have done important work over many years to foster well-being among our students, we will strive to establish a common understanding of what promoting well-being means in schools, identify challenges and opportunities for improving supports for well-being and consider how we will know our impact on well-being to best guide our future efforts.
With your feedback and with contributions from partner ministries, we will develop a provincial student well-being framework for K-12, that will reflect our shared commitments and the positive outcomes we want for all our students.”
Check it out! Rowan
January 25, 2017 is Bell Let’s Talk Day. TDSB will be joining the conversation on Twitter about mental health with the goal of raising awareness about programs, services and supports in the TDSB and helping to dispel the stigma of mental health. Join and follow the conversation with us @TDSB and @TDSB_MHWB.
CAMH has developed a short video that explains the separate but interconnected concepts of mental health and mental illness, as well as what it means to promote mental health in ourselves and in our school communities.
- Promoting Mental Health: Finding a Shared Language(six minutes)
Check out the TDSB mental health & well-being services: http://www.tdsb.on.ca/ElementarySchool/SupportingYou/MentalHealthWellbeing.aspx
How can we best support student mental well-being? is the January 2017 Facts on Education issue – a one-page joint publication from the Canadian Education Association and the University of Quebec at Montreal. Frankly one page does not do this subject justice however it would work as a discussion starter. The main page includes a solid resource list.
From the PDF: While there’s no single cause linked to anxiety and depression, educators can focus on promoting the following factors of positive youth mental health that we know will strengthen students’ coping skills when faced with stressful situations:
- Positive self-esteem
- Lifestyles that include physical activity, healthy eating habits and quality sleep
- Harmonious family relations
- Supportive school environments that are conducive to learning
- Positive student-teacher relations