September 19, 2017
1:30 pm to 3:00 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Scaling and Sustaining Mentally Healthy Schools in Ontario
About the Session:
As part of its comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy, the Ontario government has supported the development of a systematic approach to promoting student mental health in schools. Expertise in mental health, system change, and implementation science has been made available through a support structure that includes designated district positions and provincial implementation coaching and leadership. Ontario’s journey towards the development of mentally healthy schools and classrooms, to scale, in sustainable ways, will be described through the lens of School Mental Health ASSIST (SMHA). SMHA is the implementation support team offering assistance in student mental health to Ontario’s 72 school districts. Working alongside the Ministry of Education, this intermediary organization has five years of experience in province-wide implementation and has developed a related suite of resources for teachers, principals and system leaders. The presentation will describe the successes, challenges and lessons learned over the first phase of implementation in Ontario.
Dr. Kathy Short is the Director for School Mental Health ASSIST, a provincial team designed to help Ontario school boards to support student mental health. She serves on both the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council for the Ministry of Health and the Student Well-Being Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Education.
Jacquie Brown is an implementation consultant currently supporting the application of implementation science in education, health and community service systems internationally. She is one of the Implementation Coaches at SMH ASSIST. Jacquie brings extensive experience in working in the children’s mental health system in Ontario.
Youth Empowerment – Creating a Generation of Mental Health Superheroes
About the Session:
ACT! (Action, Commitment, Talking) is a program designed to educate, empower, and build resilience in children and youth regarding their mental health. With creative workshops, games, activities, and speakers, ACT! builds is designed to create a generation of agents of change and champions of mental health. ACT! teaches how to: ask for help; recognize signs of mental illness self and others; help self and others, and actions to take to get better and stay well. Events take place in schools and community centres and include full and half-day workshops, customized one-off events, and customized event series’. HMC has partnered with Toronto’s Ann Johnson Health Station to offer our first-ever custom ACT! course for youth beginning Jan 2017. Comprised of a series of 8 sessions that run one-and-a-half hours in length, ACT! will cover variety of specific topics related to mental illness. Upon completion, youth will receive a graduation certificate and will obtain volunteer hour credits.
Katie Robinette is the ED of Healthy Minds Canada.
Chantelle Irving is taking a Diploma Program in Social Service Work at Centennial College and is Interning with Healthy Minds Canada for 8 months.