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May 2, 2018

May 7th is Child and Youth Mental Health Day

Start a conversation in the classroom, school, or school community about the importance of taking care of ourselves

 

May 7th is Child and Youth Mental Health Day in B.C. and nationally. The national campaign theme, supported by the National Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health, is “Taking Care of ME Matters”. According to FamilySmart, while some children and youth may have individuals in their lives that can provide care to them, it is important for all children and youth to learn ways to take care of themselves. This can foster resiliency skills that they are able to use for the rest of their lives.

There are many opportunities for schools to support students in learning to take care of themselves. Consider incorporating positive mental health programming into your classroom, school, or school community. The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre provides tools and curriculum guides to support school professionals in promoting positive mental health. The Joint Consortium for School Health Positive Mental Health Toolkit consists of 5 modules to promote positive mental health within the school environment. To find these resources and many other resources related to positive mental health, check out the Healthy Schools BC website.

This Child and Youth Mental Health Day, ask your school community to reflect on what “taking care of ME” looks like, sounds like, and feels like.

Learn more about Child and Youth Mental Health Day here.

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