Research and benefits

A randomized control trial evaluation was conducted with over 200 teachers from 19 school boards and over 270 students from 11 schools. Findings indicated that use of Faith and Wellness: A Daily Mental Health Resource is associated with positive changes for teachers (including social-emotional learning knowledge and confidence, as well as teacher well-being), student social-emotional skill development, and the classroom climate. Regular, recurring/daily use of the practices will help students to become proficient at pulling on the skills that support them the most. 

Results from this research project support the effectiveness and usefulness of the Faith and Wellness Resource for teachers and students in Catholic elementary schools across Ontario. Overall, the Faith and Wellness Resource was well received by teachers and students, easily implemented in the classroom, and helped to support students’ social-emotional learning skills as well as their general mental health and wellbeing.

Read the evaluation report.

Research review

Our resource anchors its categories, themes and practices in the SEL program review conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Provincial System Support Program. A summary of the literature related to social-emotional learning, and recent systematic reviews on this topic, also informs this project.

Read the review

Social-emotional skills research briefs

Do programs led by teachers and offered to all students’ in a classroom improve the social and emotional skills of students? 

Read the research briefs from Knowledge Network for Student Well-Being

CAMH Provincial System Support Program social-emotional learning review

CAMH prepared an evidence brief to outline the available evidence on specific mental health promotion interventions for school-aged children and youth.

Read the evidence brief

Share your feedback

This resource is ever evolving. As we continue to evaluate and refine it we value your feedback and ideas on how to use and adapt these practices for students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please share your comments with us.