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Student Mental Health Literacy Coordinator

School Mental Health Ontario (SMH-ON) works together with Ontario school districts to support student mental health. As a provincial implementation support team, SMH-ON provides leadership, resources, implementation coaching and a community of practice in order to promote the uptake, scaling, and sustainability of evidence-based, implementation-sensitive, culturally-responsive practices in school mental health. SMH-ON serves the 72 English and French school boards in Ontario, remote school authorities, and provincial demonstration schools. The team works alongside the Ministry of Education and has a role within the wider system of care, linking with partner ministries and organizations to advance child and youth mental health.  

We are currently hiring for a contract position for the 2020-2021 school year in the role of Student Mental Health Literacy Coordinator.  Mental health literacy initiatives include: 

  • building understanding and reducing stigma about mental health,
  • helping young people to learn ways to care for their mental health,
  • assisting students to notice signs of social-emotional difficulty,
  • and providing information and tools to support safe and effective help-seeking and peer help-giving.  

This role will focus on supporting a range of activities designed to improve student mental health knowledge and skills in these areas. Working with the Student Engagement Team Lead, the Student Mental Health Literacy Coordinator will co-develop and implement the student mental health literacy action plan to enhance mental health promotion and knowledge in Ontario students. 

At SMH-ON, we recognize diversity as a source of organizational strength. We welcome applications from those who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing student mental health with clear focus on human rights, and on reducing disproportionality and disparity in outcomes. Those with experience in serving racialized communities, and those with identities that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, will bring particular assets that are highly valued within the organization.

Contract position to August 31, 2021, with extension contingent on needs.

Role includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Co-develop an action plan for enhancing student mental health literacy, guided by student priorities identified through the 2019 #HearNowON initiative. 
  2. Conduct a research review and resource mapping exercise to identify resources and needs related to student mental health literacy, with a particular focus on help-seeking and peer help-giving. Review and curate existing SMH-ON resources in this area. 
  3. Support the development/adaptation of student mental health literacy programming that draws on existing evidence-based, culturally-responsive resources and provides and aligns with Ontario curriculum and context.  Alongside ThriveSMH students, develop creative student-friendly tools to support this programming, such as curriculum additions, online programming, videos, and other material.  
  4. Provide support to school districts in the area of mental health literacy, with special focus on help-seeking and peer help-giving. Alongside SMH-ON Implementation Coaches and school board Mental Health Leaders, help to customize provincial resources for the local context and the students served and guide boards in selecting and implementing safe and effective programming related to student mental health literacy.
  5. Support the development of a communication strategy for the student mental health literacy portfolio and complementary roll-out plans for programs, tools, and events.
  6. Discover, liaise and align with provincial and national youth organizations to support consistent messaging, amplify impact, and share knowledge in the areas of youth mental health literacy and peer support.
  7. Attend regular Student Engagement Team meetings.

Qualifications: 

  1. Completion of undergraduate degree in a health-related field such as psychology, social work, health sciences, public health, or other.  A graduate-level degree is preferred. 
  2. Minimum of 2 years experience working with young people in the community, school or research settings.   
  3. Strong demonstrated interest in school mental health, and the promise of wellness promotion, prevention and early intervention with children and youth. Experience working in schools and writing curriculum / program development is an asset. 
  4. Knowledge of commercially available mental health literacy, suicide prevention awareness training and peer help-giving programming is required.
  5. Demonstrated experience in knowledge mobilization and project planning related to youth programming and resource development.
  6. Proven research skills with the ability to find, collate, and summarize findings to support decision-making. 
  7. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English, planning, organizational, and time management skills. Proficient computer skills including database management systems, Microsoft 365, and web meeting (virtual interview) methods. 
  8. Bilingualism in English and French, or other languages, is an asset. 
  9. A clear, mandatory vulnerable sector check must be presented prior to hiring.

Deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. on December 11, 2020.

Please apply to: hr@smho-smso.ca (Include the position title you are applying for in the subject line of your email)

Applicants are thanked in advance for their interest; however, only those who have been short-listed for an interview will be contacted. Accommodation for applicants is available in the recruitment process. All interviews will be held virtually by web meeting.