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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

May 1-5, 2017

Each year, Ontarians mark the first full week of May as Children's Mental Health Week. This important week is about:
  • Increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems
  • Decreasing stigma
  • Understanding that help is available and it works!
  • For more information on Children’s’ Mental Health Week please visit the Kids Mental Health website
1 in 5 Ontario children and youth have a mental health problem - That's about 500,000 kids. Disorders range from anxiety, depression and conduct disorder to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder. Left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide. The good news is that help is available and treatment works!
TCDSB is pleased to share the attached Children’s Mental Health Awareness Toolkit with your school (a hard copy will be mailed to your school this week).  The toolkit contains:
  • Daily PA announcements
  • Daily Classroom activities (elementary and secondary options are provided).
  • Handout templates
  • There are 5 classroom activities that coincide which each day of the week.  This year we have linked our daily activities to some of the health topics found in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Our 5 strategies and activities are:
  • Be Mindful
  • Reach Out
  • Pray
  • Exercise & Eat Healthy
  • Get Enough Sleep
We encourage Principals to share this toolkit with classroom teachers in support of Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (teachers will be receiving an e-mail regarding the toolkit as well). The toolkit would be of particular interest to Health and Physical Education, Religion, Anthropology, Psychology, Special High Skills Major Teachers, as well as Stop the Stigma Staff Mentors! 
Feel free to share your school’s success on twitter # TCDSBMHW2017!