Teach Mental Health
Mental illness most often begins in adolescence; yet the people who work with teenagers on a daily basis are often unprepared to recognize and understand mental illness. Teacher education programs rarely address mental health literacy, resulting in teacher candidates who are at a disadvantage when they enter the workforce. TeachMentalHealth.Org was developed to address this need based on the results of a National Scoping Exercise and input from more than 30 educational institutions and organizations across Canada.
Through a partnership with Faculties of Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Western University and University of British Columbia, TeenMentalHealth.Org has built a comprehensive mental health literacy learner resource for pre-service and practicing teachers.
This online modular-based resource will be accessible to all Faculties of Education to be used as a cohesive whole or subdivided and incorporated into existing courses, be presented face-to-face or entirely online, and be instructor-led or student-driven. Teachers and other educators who are currently in schools are also welcome to take the course.
Courtesy of teachmentalhealth.org
Here at the Faculty of Education Western University, Dr. Rodger has worked closely with Teach Mental Health in support of the design, implementation and evaluation of the modular online curriculum. Dr. Rodger currently leads a team of researchers to improve the way we develop mental health literacy in teacher candidates through enhancing our course curriculum with online Teach Mental Health resources. This research helps us better understand how we can support teachers do what they do best, fostering healthy learners.