A teacher listens to his students speaking about student mental well-being.

TeachResiliency.ca provides crucial mental health resources

TeachResiliency.ca, a new public online portal, offers easy-to-use tools and strategies to promote both teacher and student mental well-being.

Of the five million school-aged children across Canada, 20% will suffer from a mental health condition. A typical Canadian classroom can now expect to have at least four children who need extra mental health support, presenting a clear need for improved mental health resources in classrooms.

Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada, along with supporting partner The Co-operators and program partners, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and University of Western Ontario – Centre For School Mental Health, launched TeachResiliency.ca in May 2017.

“Through our research we identified a significant gap in education,” said Brian Storey, PHE Canada president and CEO. “This gap has provided an opportunity to make a positive impact on the mental health and well-being of students and teachers across the country – and TeachResiliency.ca is a great first step in this effort.”

The public, online portal helps teachers assess resilience needs and provides resources to promote and enhance both teacher and student mental well-being. Teach Resiliency features more than 150 evidence-based mental health resources, 20+ videos and podcasts, tip sheets and more. It covers a range of mental health matters to support teachers and their students.

TeachResiliency.ca is open to the public. We encourage teachers, students and parents to check it out and learn more about mental health resiliency.

In addition to the Teach Resiliency program, we have also had the priviledge of supporting the meaningful work of Kids Help PhoneKids Help Phone gives kids a chance to talk to a counsellor anonymously if they have problems that a parent, teacher or friend may not understand. Our sponsorship supports their enhanced counselling service, which gives kids a safe and trusted place to turn when they are facing a crisis.

 

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone gives kids a chance to talk to a counsellor anonymously if they have problems that a parent, teacher or friend may not understand. Our sponsorship supports their enhanced counselling service, which gives kids a safe and trusted place to turn when they are facing a crisis.

In addition, with our support (along with founding supporter Movember Canada Foundation, and Microsoft, Cisco and Shaw Communications), Kids Help Phone can now make fundamental changes to the ways in which young men reach out and access the help they need. In 2015, BroTalk™ was launched, Canada’s first service focused specifically on addressing young men’s mental health issues. It is a support zone for teen males ages 14-18, consisting of professional counselling, a mobile-friendly website and downloadable chat app. All content and materials were developed and tested with teen males, a process that started in 2013.