New Mental Health School Video Resource!

Charlene King, Project Manager on September 29, 2014

Stop Wondering, Start Knowing - a mental health school video resource

There is a new kid on the block!

The Health Literacy team at BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) in collaboration with Fraser Health and an advisory group including youth, parents and school professionals, has created a school video resource that can be used to help youth better understand the importance of mental health for everyone.

The resource is designed for grades 8 to 10, but can be used in other groups at the discretion of the teacher. The goals of the resource are to:

  1. Foster dialogue about mental health;
  2. Improve staff and student understanding of the importance of mental health;
  3. Increase knowledge about early signs and symptoms of mental health challenges;
  4. Increase knowledge about tools to achieve wellness; and
  5. Increase knowledge about steps to talking and taking action!

Mental health and substance use challenges are the most common health issues for youth in their teens and early 20’s. In British Columbia, it is estimated that 15% or 140,000 children and youth are experiencing a mental health disorder significant enough to cause distress and impair their functioning at home, school, and in their community. In a classroom of 25 students, 5 of these students will be dealing with a mental health challenge.

When mental health and substance use issues are identified early, self-help strategies are often all that are needed to help young people get better in less time and to prevent things from becoming worse; however, many youth are not able to recognize and respond to the early signs of mental health challenges in themselves or their friends.

The resource includes 5 videos (approximately 20 minutes) showcasing youth with lived experience and a facilitation guide for teachers. Apart from reviewing the resource, no preparation, background knowledge or expertise in mental health is required. The resource is designed to be used during one classroom lesson, but has the option of being extended with additional suggested activities.

If you are a student, suggest this resource to your teacher!

If you are a teacher, consider using this resource in your classroom and spread the word to your fellow teachers and counselors!

If you are a mental health advocate simply spread the word!

More information about Stop Wondering, Start Knowing can be found here: 


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