Web-based Teacher Resources
Learn About, Live With, Care About Mental Health
This website provides science-based information about youth mental health in a variety of digital formats including ebooks, mobile apps, and animations. Online teacher-training provides an overview of mental illnesses and disorders at no cost.
Supporting Every Student, Mental Health Matters
This website provides tools and resources for elementary and secondary school classrooms. Teacher information, lesson plans, and tools are created collaboratively by educators, service providers, and community partners to promote conversations about mental health in all classrooms. Resources available in French and English.
This organization helps schools develop healthy environments for learners by working collaboratively with schools to support physical activity, healthy eating, and positive mental health. The website houses a collection of mental health resources for teachers that range from whole school assessment tools to classroom toolkits. These resources are available for all grade levels.
Talking About Mental Illness: A Teacher’s Resource
This website provides a link to an in-class program that discusses youth mental health. The program guide covers topics, such as stigma and types of mental illness and provides the teacher with preparation tips and follow-up activities. This resource aligns with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training’s curriculum expectations for several grade 11 and 12 courses.
MyHealth Magazine is an online health and wellness program delivered through a series of interactive resources for students, educators, and college students. MyHealth Magazine functions as a broker of high-quality health information presented in a variety of interactive formats (e.g., info sheets, Q&As, quizzes) that can be customized to meet the needs of local schools and groups.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Program
The Youth MHFA program was designed to educate adults that work with youth to recognize the early signs of mental illness, identify potential signs of a youth who might be in crisis, and help youth find the professional help they need as quickly as possible. The course is 14 hours over 2 days and runs in various cities throughout Canada (see website for a list of dates and locations). Participants receive a manual and a certificate of completion.
LivingWorks Training Programs
ASIST and safeTALK are two workshops offered by LivingWorks, a suicide prevention training company. safeTALK is an awareness workshop that prepares people to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. In comparison, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a skills program that equips people to respond knowledgeably and competently to persons at risk of suicide. Participants learn and practice skills in identifying and responding to people at immediate risk of suicide.
Mental Health Literacy for Teachers: Supporting the Mental Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth
This is an 8-week, online course designed by a team of counselors and psychologists at Western University’s Centre for School Mental Health and facilitated by Dr. Susan Rodger. The objective of the course is to assist educators in understanding youth mental health including school violence, depression, family dynamics, self-esteem, and how these issue may influence student learning. The content of the course is freely available online.