The Northwest Catholic District School Board Mental Health and Well-Being StrategyThe Northwest Catholic District School Board has made a strong commitment to promoting mental health and well-being for all students and staff. In order to support that commitment a mental health and well-being strategy has been created.
MH Strategies Action Plan.pdf
What is Mental Health and why is it important?
Mental Health is “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and it is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
-World Health Organization
Mental health and mental illness are not the same thing. Often times these terms are used interchangeably. Mental health is on a continuum. Everyone experiences different levels of stress that can impact our mental health, so it is crucial that we learn healthy coping strategies to deal with stress and learn about our mental health.
1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health issue over the course of their life.
Research supports that mental health issues can impact learning.
Mental health problems can impede social and emotional development.
Programming in the schools related to health and wellness includes:
- Dove Uniquely Me Program (Self-Esteem & Mindfulness Program)
- Zones of Regulation Program (self regulation program)
- Connections club (Social skills, self esteem, positive relationships)
- Roots of Empathy
- Go zen ( anxiety relief program)
- Minds Up!
- PALS ( playground activities leader in schools)
- Calming rooms and sensory Rooms