- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Healthy Living
On August 23 & 24, over 250 teachers, school counsellors, principals, district staff, parents, students and mental health professionals came together at the University of British Columbia to attend the third annual Summer Institute: Promoting Mental Health in BC Schools. After much planning and preparation the event went off without a hitch!
The presenters and facilitators were dynamic, the participants were engaged and the energy for the entire 2 day conference was positive, open and inspiring.
I often think about how much teachers and school professionals are asked to do. Schools are where children and youth are, where they can be reached, and as a result, schools are where many people try to reach them. I can only imagine how exhausting it must be pulled in all sorts of different directions. But the school professionals, parents, youth, and health professionals who attended truly felt like a community, allied around children and youth, and doing their best to provide positive school experiences for young people.
There were so many highlights, but here are a select few that stand out for me:
One theme of the event was Connections – and it was the connections between the participants, presenters, community organizations and everyone involved that made the 2012 Summer Institute such a huge success. I hope participants were able to find one thing to take away with them as we head into the school season.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Summer Institute this year. We are looking forward to hearing feedback from participants to help us plan for future events.
Event materials including PowerPoint presentations and a recording of the 2 day event will soon be available online through the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre website – we’ll be providing updates on the availability of these materials through our social media channels, so be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!