Posts tagged ‘Mental Health’
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
The following is from a Ministry news release published Dec 9:
- The province has selected Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, in partnership with the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University, to lead a provincewide knowledge network for student well-being [bolding is mine].
- the network will connect front-line educators to the most up-to-date research about student well-being, and promote evidence-based practices, such as high-quality professional learning, local leadership, and promoting implementation of social and emotional learning, to support student success in their classrooms.
Here is the link to the Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being .
Check it out! Rowan
On November 3rd, I posted an item about 2 new MoE announcements one on financial literacy (which took up the most part of my brain ‘cos November is Financial Literacy Month), and the second on Student success and Wellness.
I would like to point out a couple of things worth mentioning about the success and wellness announcement.
- From the Ministry main page, you can directly access their well-being strategy.
- this page includes a lot resources/information including a new engagement paper (released Nov 3). From page 3: “As we continue to strive for excellence in our education system, we know it is essential to help all of our students develop a sense of well-being – the sense of self, identity, and belonging in the world that will give each of them their best chance to learn, grow and thrive.”
- remind everyone that the Ministry has created a survey – an engagement portal-for you to contribute to this discussion: “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”. Note that the deadline for the survey is January 15, 2017.
- a kit has been created to encourage anyone in Ontario to host engagement sessions: “This could be part of a regularly scheduled series of meetings or a specific meeting to discuss well-being. You can decide on the format that best serves your community or audience. The ministry is providing an engagement kit to support those who want to organize their own discussions”.
OPHEA has identified 8 elements for well-being , including: Collaborative Government Leadership; Focused and Sustained Funding; Flexible, Student-Centred Curriculum; Monitoring and Quality Assurance; Facilities, Equipment, and Resources; Professional Development; Awareness and Communications; Sector Alignment and Implementation.
Check it out! Rowan
Improving Financial Literacy for Ontario Students. Selected from the news release: Ontario has published two documents detailing opportunities and topics related to financial literacy and how it is woven throughout Ontario’s elementary and secondary curriculum. An updated version of these will be published in the 2016-17 school year.
- Ontario developed this video for parents highlighting how teachers are integrating financial literacy into different subjects
- E-Me is a financial literacy app created in partnership with the ministry for Grade 7 and 8 students promoting best practices for safe and responsible online banking, available through the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play Store
- Explore the many online resources available on the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s Canadian Financial Literacy Database
- Make financial literacy learning fun by taking the Cranial Cash Clash quiz at GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca
Ontario Supporting Student Success and Wellness: Province Seeking Input on Well-Being in Schools . Selected from the news release: The province is consulting with a diverse range of partners in education, health care, youth justice, social services, business, arts and culture and the non-profit sector, as well as francophone partners and communities to incorporate their unique identities, cultural backgrounds and perspectives. The ministry is also working with Indigenous partners to co-develop supports and indicators of well-being for Indigenous students that can help inform the larger well-being strategy for all students.
People can read the engagement paper entitled Well-Being in Our Schools, Strength in Our Society, and submit their views by:
- Providing feedback via the Engagement Portal
- Organizing their own discussions on student well-being by using the Engagement Kit
Check it out! Rowan
The Center for Addiction and Mental Health has released a report titled the Mental Health and Well-Being of Ontario Students 1991-2015. Recent trends show an increase in adolescent psychological distress especially among girls.
Selected from their news release :
- More than one in three – an estimated 328,000 — Ontario students in grades seven to 12 report moderate-to-serious psychological distress;
- We were also surprised to see this number increase to 34 per cent in 2015 from 24 per cent in 2013;
- Our research indicates that the later teen years into the twenties is the peak period of stress for many people;
- The percentage of students who are screen-time sedentary has increased from 57 per cent since 2009, the first year of monitoring this behaviour;
- Problem video gaming is especially prevalent among boys in this age group, with 20 per cent reporting problematic symptoms compared with 5 per cent of girls.
Check it out!