- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Healthy Living
On August 21 & 22, over 200 teachers, school counsellors, principals, district staff, parents, students and mental health professionals came together at the University of British Columbia to attend the fifth annual Summer Institute: Promoting Mental Health in BC Schools. Despite the educational climate in BC at the moment, there was a fantastic turnout and inspiring dialogue from attendees from across the province!
The presenters and breakout facilitators were dynamic, the participants were engaged and the energy for the entire 2 day conference was positive, open and inspiring.
Dr. Mark Greenberg, the opening keynote speaker, spoke to the resilience factors that help promote and create wellbeing for children and youth. He highlighted five key factors:
The school professionals, parents, youth, and health professionals who attended the Summer Institute truly felt like a community, shared stories of how they ally around children and youth, and are doing their best to provide positive school experiences for young people-all of which I think fall within these five factors Dr. Greenberg addressed. I was encouraged and inspired but what is being done in schools and communities throughout BC to enhance resiliency and connectedness.
There were so many highlights, but here are a select few comments from participants that stand out for me:
The metaphor of Stepping Stones and how they can be used both for moving forward and for rest until ready was explored– this challenged participants to reflect on how they could be stepping stones for others and identify individuals who may have been stepping stones for them. I hope participants were able to brainstorm and share with others the role of stepping stones in their lives as we move into a new school season.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Summer Institute this year, particularly our sponsors Pacific Blue Cross and the BC Mental Health Foundation. 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 are available online through the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre website on the Summer Institute page.