Mental Illness and Mental Health Awareness

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  • 2024 Children's Mental Health Week

  • One Small Thing Campaign Video

  • One Small Thing: Fostering Positive Mindsets Information & Toolkit

  • Related Videos


2024 Children's Mental Health Week

Each year, Ontarians mark the first full week of May as Children's Mental Health Week. This important week is about:

  • Increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems

  • Decreasing stigma

  • Understanding that help is available and it works!

For more information on Children’s’ Mental Health Week please see CMHA Mental Health Week. In recognition of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, we hope to highlight the importance of small and intentional actions that can support mental health.

For more information and resources, please review:

Included in the calendar resource are activities and web events that support mental health and wellness for students and families.



One Small Thing: Fostering Positive Mindsets

In our ongoing commitment to the Student Well-Being and Mental Health goals outlined in the Director’s Action Plan (DAP), the York Region District School Board is pleased to share One Small Thing: Fostering Positive Mindsets. 

The One Small Thing Mindset is the belief that small and intentional actions or affirmations can lead to meaningful outcomes or change.  Having a one small thing mindset means setting an intention to take small steps or actions within your control to enhance your mental health and wellbeing each and every day. Schools across YRDSB will be invited to participate by using a classroom toolkit with activities and resources, as well as posting via social media.  The One Small Thing Campaign video provides some examples of how some of our schools are getting involved.

One Small Thing Objectives:

  • Highlight the importance of small and intentional actions that are within the individual’s control that can enhance positive well-being

  • Cultivate hope and joy

  • Create/enhance caring connections and support mental health and well-being through small and intentional actions

  • Acknowledge the experience of uncertainty, isolation, worry and powerlessness

  • Provide information and useful tools to manage stressful situations and improve mental health.

Families can get involved by having a look at our One Small Thing Toolkit for exciting ideas to use at home!

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