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One Small Thing Campaign Video
One Small Thing: Fostering Positive Mindsets Information & Toolkit
2022 Children's Mental Health Week
2022 Children's Mental Health Awareness Week After School Workshops and Events
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!
2022 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
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 2022, 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.
2022 CMHAW After School Workshops and Events
In recognition of Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2 - 8, 2022, the YRDSB is pleased to provide numerous workshops during the instructional day and two 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. Please direct any questions or concerns to Hoshana.Calliste@yrdsb.ca and/or Swetha.Srikanthan@yrdsb.ca
Presentation Topic/Title: Thoughtful Tuesdays
Date/Time: May 3rd, 2022, 4pm-5pm
Organization name: TAIBU Community Health Centre / Support & Growth
Presenter(s) name: Sheryl Thompson, MSW, RSW
Overview: This workshop is designed to help students to enhance their understanding of mental health and well-being. Words whether conscious or unconscious impact us on multiple levels. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the power of intentionality when it comes to the words we use in our everyday lives. Participants will explore a holistic approach to the use of words while developing positive skills to support their overall mental wellness.
Presentation Topic/Title: The ABCs of Mental Health (Acknowledge, Bridge, Connection) at Home
Date/Time: May 4, 2022, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Target Audience: Parents/Caregivers/Family Members
Organization name: YRDSB Mental Health
Presenter(s) name: Patricia Marra-Stapleton
Overview: The ABCs (Acknowledge, Bridge, and Connection) at Home will provide participants with an insight into how the ABCs are applied in an identity-affirming way at school and how as caregivers and family members, we can apply these principles at home. The workshop will include time for family members to reflect on their own assets, gifts and talents and how this can support their own mental health.
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Presentation Topic/Title: Creating Your Own Self-Care Toolbox
Date/Time: May 5th, 2022, 4pm-5pm
Target Audience: Grades 7-8
Organization Name: John Howard Society of York
Presenter(s) name: Facilitators from John Howard
Overview: This workshop will equip individuals with new tools and strategies to support their mental health and well-being. We will give you the tools you need to develop your own Mental Wellness Plan. We will also explore new ways to best support friends, peers, and family
Presentation Topic/Title: Panel Discussion: “Resilience with the Family”
Date/Time: May 5, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Target Audience: Parents/Family Members
Organization Name: York Hills
Presenter(s) name: Patricia Marra-Stapleton (panelist)
Overview: Join us for a community panel discussion featuring York Region District School Board, York Catholic District School Board, Addictions Services of Central Ontario, Family Services of York Region, York Support Services Network and York Hills as we discuss topics such as caregiver burnout, the ongoing impact of the global pandemic, the rising need for support, and the resources we as a community can offer.