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.
How to select school mental health awareness initiatives
Our decision support tools are designed to support the decision-making process related to particular mental health awareness products or services, and aim to ensure alignment with the board/school mental health strategy and action plan.
There are many different options for mental health awareness
building at school, including one-time presentations, videos, social media campaigns,
written/web materials and/or surveys. It can be hard to know what to select for
your school or board.
If we’re not careful, we could select a program that has unintended negative effects. For example, it triggers vulnerable students, or it requires significant resources to implement and disrupts the overall plan. It’s important to make sure mental health programming is evidence-based and aligned to your board’s mental health plan and/or school’s improvement plan.
part of a comprehensive plan, not a one-off presentation
aligned with school and board mental health initiatives
evidence-based or evidence-informed
delivered in the appropriate format for the audience