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We know that the global pandemic has resulted in massive change and uncertainty which has impacted the mental health and wellness of all people. We also know that the return to school has created challenges for young people and families across Canada. Many people have questions about ways to support mental health and wellness.

YMHC Education and YMH Consulting present virtual workshops and presentations to students from elementary to postsecondary and parents/caregivers, school staff and employees in a variety of educational, workplace and community settings. Workshops and presentations can be tailored to your needs.

Elementary School Mental Health and Wellness Program

An estimated three children in every classroom suffer from a diagnosable mental health challenge. Behind those numbers is a general trend to increased levels of stress and anxiety and lower levels of wellbeing. Students need education to include how to understand and look after their mental health – just like we learn how to look after our physical health. By shifting the focus to preventing mental health problems and supporting young people, we can do so much to improve the lives of so many.

Mental health issues in children are increasing while child wellbeing is deteriorating. Young people today navigate a complex and ever-changing world, facing challenges and pressures in numerous aspects of their life. The social and emotional skills, knowledge and behaviors that young people learn in the classroom can help them to build resilience and set the pattern for how they will manage their mental health throughout their lives.

A sharp focus on promoting wellbeing, building resilience and good mental health will improve outcomes for children and young people. We all benefit when we identify ways to support each other.

Key Themes for Workshops

Self and Emotional Awareness

  • Pan-Indigenous Teachings and Character Traits
  • Creating a Self-Portrait
  • Mental Wellness Trees: Life Lessons, Tree of Strength, Worry Tree, Protective Factors Tree
  • Understanding My Emotions

Self-Care

  • Building a Self-Care Toolkit: DIY and individual self-care supports
  • Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Stress Management
  • Building Sources of Strength and Resilience: Thinking, Feeling and Behavior

Mental Health and Wellness Awareness

  • Creating a Mental Wellness Plan
  • Managing COVID Mental Health
  • Anxiety 101
  • My Amazing Brain
  • Ways to Wellbeing

Community Care

  • Supporting Each Other: Caring Friendships
  • Creating Compassionate Cards

Student and Youth Workshops and Presentations

One in 5 of children and youth under the age of 19 in Canada has a mental health challenge or disability. This means that at any given time, almost 20% of students in an ‘average’ classroom will be dealing with some type of mental health issue – making it difficult for them to learn and realize their potential.

Workshops and presentations will be led by postsecondary student facilitators with lived experience of mental health challenges. Student facilitators work with YMHC educators in workshop design and presentation guidelines.

To request a one-hour workshop for your school or class, fill out the form below.

  • Youth Mental Health 101: Understanding Mental Health Challenges
  • Navigating the Education System
  • Anxiety 101
  • Building Sources of Strength and Resilience: Coping Strategies
  • Building Sources of Support and Protective Factors
  • Building Self and Emotional Awareness and Regulation
  • Dealing with Bullying and Harassment
  • Managing COVID Mental Health and Wellness
  • Mental Health Strategies to Help Youth Thrive
  • Developing a Mental Wellness Action Plan
  • System Navigation: Identifying Sources of School and Community Support
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation

Creating Education Support Teams: Family Engagement

Invite your school’s parent and caregiving community to join you in promoting mental health and wellness and success at school – host a virtual parent workshop. Parents will have the opportunity to feel a bigger part of the school community by discussing ways to be a part of the education support team for students. Parents will learn techniques to help with communication, coping and problem-solving strategies, health and well-being.

Research shows that parent involvement in a child’s school experience greatly increases their chances for academic success, positive behavior, higher self-esteem, better attendance and greater motivation. Parents are key sources of information about their child. They are their child’s first teachers. They have key strengths and insights that can contribute to the educational process. When schools and families work together to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but also throughout life. (National PTA, n.a.; Newman L. 2005; Henderson and Berla, 1997).

Our parent workshops and presentations combine evidence-based research and practical, actionable strategies to help inform and inspire healthy dialogue about children’s mental health and learning issues.

YMHC Learning Objective Examples

  • define mental health and illness
  • summarize statistics on mental illness in Canada
  • understand signs and symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety disorders and eating disorders
  • know treatment strategies used to treat mood disorders, anxiety disorders
  • discuss health-promoting strategies
  • Identify characteristics of an individualized mental wellness action plan.
  • Recognize strengths-based approaches
  • Understand the importance of building support systems
  • Recognize stigma and discrimination and its causes, and identify what stigma looks like societally and systemically
  • Describe the impact of stigma on people with lived experience and why it is important for people with lived experiences to share their stories.
  • Understand the relationship between stigma and mental illness.
  • Identify common misperceptions about mental illness
  • Identify ways to reduce stigma, prejudice and discrimination.
  • Describe how applying recovery-based and trauma-informed awareness in approach to care challenges stigma.
  • Identify strategies to decrease stigmatizing language use
  • Recognize signs of strength and resilience
  • Identify self and community care strategies
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