Mental Illness and Mental Health Awareness

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 Children's Mental Health Ontario website

Children's Mental Health Awareness Toolkit - Information for Parents

YRDSB is pleased to share with schools a toolkit that contains:

  • ​Daily PA announcements

  • Daily Classroom activities (elementary and secondary options are provided).

  • Handout templates

5 classroom activities coincide which each day of the week. This year we have aligned our daily activities to some of the health topics found in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Our 5 strategies and activities (for students JK - grade 8)are:

  1. Be Mindful - Visualization and Body Scan
  2. Reach Out - Purposeful Listening
  3. Exercise & Eat Healthy - Let Go and Stretch 2
  4. Be Grateful - Gratitude Moment
  5. Include and Welcome- Inspirational Outdoor Graffiti​

Parents are encouraged to speak with their school principal if they would like more information regarding these activities and to access the toolkit for their own information and resource. ​

Learn more about how we're fostering mental health and well-being​.


Children's Mental Health Awareness Week After School Workshops

In recognition of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (2021), May 3 - 9, 2021, the YRDSB is pleased to provide 2 after school virtual workshops for students to enhance their understanding of mental health and well-being. Information relating to these workshops can be found below. Registration is required. For additional information, please contact Hoshana Calliste or Patricia Marra-Stapleton

Wellness Wednesday, May 5th 3:30-5 pm

Workshop: Healthy Youth Preventative Education (HYPE)

Students are invited to participate in the HYPE workshop presented by the John Howard Society. This workshop will focus on developing healthy relationships and positive mental health

This workshop is open to grades 7-12 students.

Register here

Take Care Thursday, May 6th 3:30- 5 pm

Workshop: Healthy Youth Preventative Education (HYPE) for LGBT2Q+

The HYPE program for LGBT2Q+ is an evidence-based program that helps build resiliency and promote well-being among LGBT2Q+ youth. This program will help youth affirm, validate, and celebrate sexual and gender diversity, cultivate caring and supportive community, and help youth develop skills for healthy relationships

This workshop is open to grades 7-12 students who identify with the 2SLGBTQ+ community

Register here

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