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School and system leaders need knowledge and skills in mental health leadership strategies and school mental health literacy. Boost your confidence to support student mental health in your school or board by learning more about these topics.

Mental Health Leadership Strategies

Deepen your learning in these focus areas to help you in leading mentally healthy schools:

Think in Tiers and Focus on the Positive

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Consider the AIM triangle and the upstream role of schools in supporting student mental health. 

Set the Stage with Organizational Conditions

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Review the top organizational conditions needed to create a foundation for the successful implementation of evidence-based mental health promotion and prevention.

Bring People Along through Mental Health Learning and Self-Care

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Understand your role in supporting professional learning and training in school mental health.

Connect the Dots to Equity and Achievement

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Discover how Mental Health, Equity, and Achievement work together to support student success.

Foster Compassionate Collaboration and Care

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Learn ways to work together with staff, community partners, parents/families, and students themselves to distribute leadership in school mental health.

School Mental Health Literacy

We have created a number of learning resources designed to build school mental health literacy in role-specific, action-oriented ways. Consult with your board Mental Health Leader for in-person learning and training opportunities. 

Online Course

MH LIT – Mental Health in Action for elementary educators

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.

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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.