The Alberta Teachers Association and the Canadian Mental Health Association, with support from Global Television, are raising awareness of the mental health of children and youth.
View the latest television commercial for the Can We Talk? campaign here.
Take a peek inside a child’s developing brain and learn about how they engage in problem solving and goal-directed behaviour. Executive functioning skills are essential for children to succeed in school and later in life. In these sessions, you’ll get strategies and resources to assist your children in building executive functioning skills, including inhibition, working memory and mental flexibility.
Executive Functioning Skills Session dates
All sessions run from 6-7:30 p.m. and are for adults only.
January 9: Earl Buxton School, Edmonton
January 16: Dovercourt School, Edmonton
January 23: New Horizons School, Sherwood Park
February 6: Queel Alexandra School, Edmonton
February 13: Grandin School, Edmonton
February 19: Calder School, Edmonton
How to register
Visit http://www.cyfcaregivereducation.ca or www.surveymonkey.com/r/caregiversessions
Join us on July 9 and 10, 2018 in Edmonton for the Canadian Forum on Public Education. Presented by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, this year’s theme is “Safe and Caring Schools,” and some of the workshop topics include:
- violence against teachers
- respect and consent online
- decolonization of student-teacher discourse in Indigenous communities
- mental health at school
- the Sixties Scoop
- equitable and inclusive schools
You’ll hear from Maggie MacDonnell, and award-winning teacher in Salluit, Nunavut, and Dr. Leyton Schnellert, assistant professor at the University of British Columbia.
>> More information about the event
On May 2, 2018, Albertans are invited to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health. Participating schools will relax their hat rules and encourage students and teachers to build understanding by wearing hats to school.
Here are some resources for incorporating mental health into your lesson plans:
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From the Distress Line Breakfast on January 31 to the Light Up Your Mind School Program, the Edmonton branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association has a lot going on. See the January 2018 newsletter for more information.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness.
One of the biggest myths around the illness is that it isn’t treatable.
With the right supports, people can work or volunteer, be active in their own care, and contribute to their communities. Learn how you can help a loved one by downloading the brochure HERE
If you’re a registered Imagineaction teacher, simply “sign in” at www.imagine-action.ca, click on “Teacher resources”, bottom left column, and then select Mental Health Stigma: Challenging it Together! NEW. You can choose between the elementary or secondary lesson plans (or both!) as well as select the discussion questions.
The Children, Youth & Families- Addiction and Mental Health (AHS) and Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) are pleased to continue to provide the caregiver education series. These free sessions are intended to provide parents, caregivers and community members with basic information about addiction and mental health challenges that can impact children and youth.
January & February 2017 Resources are posted here.