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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.

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

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Coming soon!

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!

Suggest a topic

We will continue to expand our resources based on input. Please send us your ideas for topics to cover so we can meet your professional learning needs.

Need help now?

We don’t provide mental health advice, counselling or treatment. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. You can also reach out to Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.