About the resource 

The Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resource offers a collection of high-quality, everyday mental health practices to enhance the social-emotional learning skills and well-being of students. These practices align with the Ontario curriculum and are easily incorporated into classroom routines.  

The resource was produced by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and School Mental Health Ontario. The practices are evidence-informed and co-created with educators and school mental health professionals. 

Why focus on mental health at school 

Educators play an important role in the lives of students. As a trusted and caring adult, educators are well positioned to help students learn about and care for their mental health. 

Positive mental health is foundational to academic achievement, life skills, and overall well-being. The relationships and connections made with students will have a positive impact on student’s mental health now and in the future. Learn more about mental health and the role of schools in Ontario in mental health promotion, prevention and intervention.   

What is social-emotional learning?

Social-emotional learning (sometimes called SEL) that is culturally responsive helps students to develop the intra- and interpersonal skills they need to flourish throughout their life. When all students in a class or school learn about and practise social and emotional skills, their sense of belonging within the classroom, school and community improves. Everyone tends to communicate in more positive and thoughtful ways, and they show respect for diversity of thought, culture, language, faith, identities and expression. Learn more about social-emotional learning.

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We welcome feedback about the resource. If you find practices helpful or have comments that may help us improve, please submit your ideas.