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MH LIT – Mental Health in Action

The MH LIT – Mental Health in Action course is designed to provide elementary educators with basic knowledge and information related to mental health, strategies to enhance student mental health, and everyday practices for use in the classroom.

Expected launch date: Spring 2020

LEARN about mental health.

INSPIRE through your actions.

TEACH in ways that encourage belonging and that support student mental health.

Duration: 6 hours

Format: 6 learning modules, self-paced, online

Result: certificate of completion for your portfolio

What to expect

The course consists of six one-hour modules covering the following topics:

Gain a deeper understanding about mental health, and consider strategies through which educators can promote mental health within the school and classroom environment.

Take a more in-depth look at the components of a mentally healthy classroom and ways in which educators can enhance and maintain mentally healthy classroom environments.

What are social and emotional skills, and how does it enhance student mental health within the learning environment? Learn specific strategies that educators can use to embed SEL in their classroom.

As awareness about mental health has increased, so has the volume of information for educators to consider. It can be challenging to determine what information is reliable and what approaches are best in the classroom. This module will help educators to engage in conversations with students when teaching about mental health or across the curriculum.

Educators help support student resiliency, strengths, and cultural assets, and are well-positioned to notice when a student might be struggling with a mental health problem. Knowing the signs of common mental health problems, and how to provide classroom support, can help you with your role.

Educators may have students who require additional internal and/or external services and support for their mental health concerns.  This module provides an understanding of the elements of a circle of support and the educator role. It also explores how to talk to and partner with families to support a student experiencing mental health difficulties

The course will help you:

  • deepen your understanding of student mental health
  • learn practical strategies
  • enhance classroom culture
  • have access to and find additional helpful resources
  • align your work with the Ontario College of Teachers’ advisory related to student mental health
  • align your work with the updated Health and Physical Education curriculum

The course is free, self-paced and takes about six hours to complete. You’ll receive a certificate of completion at the end.

Subscribe below to be notified when the course launches. The expected launch date is spring 2020.

The course is hosted in the Ministry of Education’s e-community, an online learning hub.  Educators and school and system leaders registered with OCT will access the course through their school board’s e-learning/virtual learning environment. Mental health leaders will access the course directly through the Ministry of Education’s e-community using the login credentials provided to you.

Secondary school educator course and guidance teacher course extensions coming soon

We’re working on a version of the course for secondary school educators as well as an extension to the course for school guidance teachers. Be sure to subscribe to updates so you hear first when they’re ready!