- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Healthy Living
This past school year, the health literacy team had the opportunity to travel to five different school communities across BC to deliver workshops on supporting student mental wellness. The team visited Summerland (SD67), Campbell River (SD72), Prince George (SD57), Ft. St. John (SD60), and Nelson/Creston (SD8). During the visits we met amazing educators, students, parents, and community members who are passionate about improving child and youth mental health. It was inspiring to learn about the great work happening in schools and communities across the province and to share some of our knowledge and resources.
The purpose of the workshops is to help build capacity within school communities to improve youth mental health. Each workshop is customized for the specific community and includes personal stories from youth, regional statistics on adolescent mental health and substance use, an introduction to the Stop Wondering, Start Knowing video resource for schools, information about provincial and regional resources, and time for discussion. The workshops are designed for secondary school professionals.
Feedback from workshop participants shows that they appreciated the quality of information presented, the connection to resources (local and provincial), the incorporation of personal stories from youth, and that we traveled to their community to share with them and provide an opportunity for open dialogue about student mental health. Below are a few comments from participants:
“I appreciate your passion and desire to share your knowledge with us.”
“Thank you for introducing the subject and helping build capacity to support youth/adults through the schools”
“(This workshop) developed understanding of the scope of mental wellness and provided knowledge and tools for response.”
“Thank you for having the courage to share your story and change peoples’ lives in such a powerful way.”
“Great presentation – such an important message to get out.”
We will be sending a follow-up survey to all participants in May to learn about any changes that have happened in their school communities since they attended the workshop. We look forward to hearing back from participants.
Finally, we are thrilled to be able to offer this workshop again during the 2016-2017 school year to seven school communities outside the lower mainland (Northern, Interior, and Vancouver Island regions). If you are interested in a session for your district, please contact Michelle.Cianfrone@cw.bc.ca.