We don’t provide mental health advice, counselling, or treatment. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact your local community crisis team. You can also reach out to the Indigenous Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310, the Black Youth Helpline 1-833-294-8650, or Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868.
Social-emotional skills help us to be successful at home, school, and work. They are the sorts of skills that are needed to start and keep friendships, complete tasks, and stay positive in the face of stress or adversity.
There are many social-emotional skills that we learn in life as we grow up into adulthood, but most fall into these main categories. Skills that help us to
identify and manage emotions
cope with stress
stay positive and persevere when things are difficult
build and keep healthy relationships
understand and celebrate our identity
engage in critical and creative thinking
Your child learns these skills from you, and they’re also taught at school. The way that we learn to develop these skills formally at school is called social-emotional learning. Students learn this as part of everyday classroom life and through a specific focus within the Ontario curriculum.
Watch these videos if you wish to find out more about these skills and discover why they are helpful in everyday life.
Identification and management of emotions
Stress management and coping
Positive motivation and perseverance
Healthy relationship skills
Self-awareness and sense of identity
Critical and creative thinking (executive functioning)