Centre for School Mental Health
Within school settings, there is both the opportunity and obligation to promote mental health for all children. The vision of effective School Mental Health (SMH) is one where a multidisciplinary group of professionals can offer services ranging from prevention to intervention, effectively removing barriers to learning and promoting mental wellbeing. Unfortunately, the reality of SMH has not yet caught up to the promise. Evidence-based practices are not implemented routinely, a comprehensive approach is lacking in most jurisdictions, and data-informed decision-making is virtually non-existent. The Centre for School Mental Health at Western University addresses those gaps between research, practice and policy. The Centre seeks to promote an expanded concept of SMH through innovative research partnerships, high quality training opportunities, and a commitment to knowledge mobilization.
News and Updates
Uniting Our Nations - A Culture-Focused Mentoring Approach
This guidebook by MENTOR focuses on the relationship between social-emotional learning and mentoring. Our Uniting Our Nations program is featured (page 35) in a case study as one of four promising models.
September 2019 Update from The Fourth R
September is here! A new school year has begun and the weather will soon remind us that summer in Ontario, Canada can't last forever. As we approach the last quarter of 2019, here are our most recent news items and project updates from the Fourth R team. We've brought together these six need to know items since our last update.
Vulnerable Youth team meets with Teachers of English as a Second Langauge (TESL) of Windsor
"Having the opportunity to connect with Margaret, who has a wealth of knowledge and experience assisting newcomer youth with English language development was very valuable to me as a student who is relatively new to conducting research with this population. I was reminded of factors to consider in this work including language barriers, culture, and the significance of rapport-building. I can now appreciate how important it will be to take time to learn who the youth I am working with really are in order to accurately represent their voice through research, and moving forward I can recognize the benefits of having culturally appropriate resources (such as TESL) to learn from." - Alexandra Smith, PhD Candidate