The Youth Mental Health Program, formerly called the Children’s Mental Health Program, is an exciting initiative delivered in elementary schools by Lindsay Goulet, Community Development Manager and Presenter.
The Program has been developed in consultation with Sue MacTavish, former Youth & Family Counselor, École George Jay Elementary and currently working as the Family Outreach Coordinator at the Quadra Village Community Centre. Our children’s program is offered by the reputable Stigma-Free Society ONLY in Victoria, BC at this time.
As we continue to navigate through this ever-changing world, empowering our youth to take control of their mental health is becoming increasingly important.
Did you know: One in seven youth will experience a mental illness at some point during their childhood in British Columbia (Here to Help, 2014).
Through this impactful virtual presentation, students will become more aware of their emotions, learn the difference between mental health and mental illness AND learn when and how to ask for help should they need it, or see someone they feel might need it.
Many youth still believe that mental illness is about being weak. Youth understand when someone is physically sick that they need help, so why not when someone is mentally ill? It is time to start talking about mental health in the same manner and help them understand the importance of mental health versus mental illness and how to seek help and support for either.
The purpose of the Youth Mental Health Program is to provide youth in grades 4-7 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 youth 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, mental health, emotional wellness and social well-being, our program aims to help children understand the importance of balance in daily life.
Why Host a Children’s Mental Health Presentation?
When youth 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, youth acquire the skills to maintain positive mental wellness.
Please note: The Youth Mental Health Program is now open for bookings with Lindsay Goulet for 2021.