The Children’s Mental Health Program is an exciting initiative delivered in elementary schools by Robyn Thomas, School Presenter. The Program has been developed in consultation with Sue MacTavish, Youth & Family Counselor, École George Jay Elementary. This program is offered by the reputable Stigma-Free Society ONLY in Victoria, BC at this time.
Youth Mental Health – Background
One in seven children will experience a mental illness at some point during their childhood in British Columbia (Here to Help, 2014). Through this impacting program, students will become more aware of their emotions so they better understand when to ask for help. Children in grades 4-6 are blossoming with inquiring minds; forming ideas about their mental health, well-being, and self-esteem.
Many children still believe that mental illness is about being weak. Children understand when someone is physically sick that they need help. It is time to start talking about mental health the in the same manner.
The purpose of the Children’s Mental Health Program is to provide school children, grades 4-6, with resiliency through the awareness of their mental health, the importance of a healthy lifestyle and learning the value in reaching out for help. Our program encourages children to strive for optimal mental wellness and empowers them to learn the tools they need to stay mentally well. Participants will also develop accepting and understanding attitudes towards themselves and others through this program.
By exploring the connections between physical health, emotional wellness and social well-being, our program aims to help children understand the importance of balance in daily life. Youth participants are also given the skills to REMEMBER THE DO’s & DON’Ts—a tool designed to help children understand their mental health and recognize when it is time to ask for help.
Why Host a Children’s Mental Health Presentation?
When children are equipped to understand their own needs, they become increasingly confident when faced with an issue. They are also able to reach out for help when they need it most. By focusing on prevention through education and awareness, we can develop a more supportive community in schools. Mental health and well-being is for everyone, and through this program, children acquire the skills to maintain positive mental wellness.
Please note: This Children’s Presentations’ Program is now open for bookings for 2018/19 in Victoria, BC only. A special thanks to our Stigma-Free Team Member, Robyn Thomas. Your contribution to the cause of stomping out stigma has paved a way for future generations to come. 🙂