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Elementary School Resources


Paper Chain Instructions and Talking Points

Instead of stickers this year we are delivering paper strips for each student to your schools. These are the paper chain activity instructions and talking points for class discussions while students are colouring their strips (also going to be delivered in the school packages). Please contact ksimpson@partnersforyouth.ca if you have any questions about this activity.

Paper Strips Download  Here is the PDF of the strips if you need to print some extras for your school.

Lesson Plan Positive Mental Health

Activity: My Active and Healthy Lifestyle Circle

External Resources for Consideration

Elementary School Activities:

Mental Health Book Resources for Elementary School:

Can We Talk? Mental Health Lesson Plans PDF  Elementary resources include suggested activities for resilience building, self-talk, and stress management. The general site at canwetalk.ca has additional resources about creating a compassionate classroom and teen mental health resources. Created by Alberta Health Services in partnership with CMHA and The Alberta’s Teacher Association.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Talking About Mental Illness: Teacher’s Resource (Bilingual): A teacher’s unit plan for implementing discussions about mental illness into the classroom. It promotes positive change in students’ attitudes and knowledge on the topic. While created in 2001, most of the information and resources are still very helpful.

Kids Have Stress Too! Stress Lessons Toolkit for educators (resources for parents also available) are great ready-to-use lesson plans and activities for educators. Many resources available for children of all ages in managing stress and emotions. Created by the Psychology Foundation of Canada.

 

 

 Elementary Mental Health Kit (Grades 4-6) is based on the Alberta school curriculum but is a great Canadian resource for mental health class activities and talking points.


YouthSMART Logo Youth Smart Toolkit created by CMHA Calgary has great resources about maintaining good mental health, managing stress, and mental illnesses. Also includes information on understanding your brain, self-injury, and suicide.  Some support information about how to help a friend.


Anxiety Canada - Anxiety British Columbia CanadaAnxiety Canada Youth has information for educators, families, and youth. Educator resources include separation anxiety tips, selective mutism, and general strategies for supporting students. The accessible youth information includes: “anxiety, facing fears, thinking right, how to chill, healthy habits, and common problems”. There is also information about their MindShift app.

Communities • Conversations • Collaborations

This organization has some great resources and was created by parents of children with mental health concerns. Included are fact sheets on things like: understanding and supporting mental health concerns, ADHD, depression, anxiety in young children, anxiety in children 11+, PTSD in young children, and PTSD in children 6+.


supplementary-bounce-back

Bounce Back Supplementary Resources, provides new and revised resources, ideas and suggestions to assist us in learning about resiliency, why resiliency exemplifies mental health and ways we can celebrate and promote resiliency in each other. We are particularly proud of the new supplementary resources to support youth-led mental health awareness and anti-stigma initiatives in the school context.

 


ReachOut.com has great positive psychology/mental health resources including PDF fact sheets on topics like gratitude, self-talk, strengths, mindfulness, being a good friend, peer pressure, purposevolunteering, motivation, and mindsets.


The CMHA national website has brochures on many different topics that you can download. While most are written for an adult population they still are quick resources on different topics related to mental health. Topics include feeling angry; children, youth, and depression; youth and self-injury; griefmental fitness tips; mental illness in the workplace; stress; and work-life balance.


On this site, you will find useful information on a variety of mental health topics that commonly affect school-age children and youth. The site also contains links to a wide range of resources, tools and curriculum guides designed specifically for use by school professionals – both in and outside the classroom. Also has cross-cultural mental health resources.


Shared Care has links to many different toolkits with information and resources about various mental health concerns including eating disorders, behaviour disorders, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and healthy child development. There are links to other mental health websites, phone apps, interactive games, and youtube videos.


Middle School Resources

Paper Chain Instructions and Talking Points

Instead of stickers this year we are delivering paper strips for each student to your schools. These are the paper chain activity instructions and talking points for class discussions while students are colouring their strips (also going to be delivered in the school packages). Please contact ksimpson@partnersforyouth.ca if you have any questions about this activity.

Paper Strips Download Here is the PDF of the strips if you need to print some extras for your school.

Lesson Plan Humour 6-8

Lesson Plan 6-8 (Managing Stress)

External Resources for Consideration

Middle School Activity Ideas:

New Brunswick LGBTQ Inclusive Education Resource

All children, youth, and staff have the right to a safe and respectful school environment, and to an inclusive education. There are dedicated teachers in New Brunswick and across the country who for many years have been working to ensure all students, including LGBTQ students and those with LGBTQ families, have access to resources to support inclusion and acceptance.


First Nations Health AuthorityFirst Nations Health Authority information and resources for supporting students to be mentally well and information on substance use.  Includes a downloadable Guide to Mental Health Counselling Services.

 


Can We Talk? Mental Health Lesson Plans PDF  Middle school resources include suggested activities for stigma, thought and mood tracking, stress management skills bingo, negative self-talk, guided imagery, and relaxation techniques. The general site at canwetalk.ca has additional resources about creating a compassionate classroom and teen mental health resources. Created by Alberta Health Services in partnership with CMHA and The Alberta’s Teacher Association.

Mental Health Kit (Junior High School) – Be Kind to Yourself and Others Great ready-to-use lesson plans and supportive information created by the Alberta Health Services Edmonton Zone and Edmonton Public and Private schools. This guide has information on body image, health eating and active lifestyle and mental health, building healthy relationships, hope and resilience, among other subjects!


Kids Have Stress Too! Stress Lessons Toolkit for educators (resources for parents also available) are great ready-to-use lesson plans and activities for educators. Many resources available for children of all ages in managing stress and emotions. Created by the Psychology Foundation of Canada.

 


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Talking About Mental Illness: Teacher’s Resource (Bilingual): A teacher’s unit plan for implementing discussions about mental illness into the classroom. It promotes positive change in students’ attitudes and knowledge on the topic. While created in 2001, most of the information and resources are still very helpful.


ReachOut.com has great positive psychology/mental health resources including PDF fact sheets on topics like gratitudeself-talkstrengthsmindfulnessbeing a good friendpeer pressurepurpose,  volunteeringmotivation, and mindsets.


 Elementary Mental Health Kit (Grades 4-6) is based on the Alberta school curriculum but is a great Canadian resource for mental health class activities and talking points.


YouthSMART Logo Youth Smart Toolkit created by CMHA Calgary has great resources about maintaining good mental health, managing stress, and mental illnesses. Also includes information on understanding your brain, self-injury, and suicide.  Some support information about how to help a friend.


Anxiety Canada - Anxiety British Columbia CanadaAnxiety Canada Youth has information for educators, families, and youth. Educator resources include separation anxiety tips, selective mutism, and general strategies for supporting students. The accessible youth information includes: “anxiety, facing fears, thinking right, how to chill, healthy habits, and common problems”. There is also information about their MindShift app.


Communities • Conversations • Collaborations

This organization has some great resources and was created by parents of children with mental health concerns. Included are fact sheets on things like: understanding and supporting mental health concernsADHDdepressionanxiety in young childrenanxiety in children 11+PTSD in young children, and PTSD in children 6+.


supplementary-bounce-back

Bounce Back Supplementary Resources, provides new and revised resources, ideas and suggestions to assist us in learning about resiliency, why resiliency exemplifies mental health and ways we can celebrate and promote resiliency in each other. We are particularly proud of the new supplementary resources to support youth-led mental health awareness and anti-stigma initiatives in the school context.

 


The CMHA national website has brochures on many different topics that you can download. While most are written for an adult population they still are quick resources on different topics related to mental health. Topics include feeling angrychildren, youth, and depressionyouth and self-injurygrief;  mental fitness tipsmental illness in the workplacestress; and work-life balance.


 On this site, you will find useful information on a variety of mental health topics that commonly affect school-age children and youth. The site also contains links to a wide range of resources, tools and curriculum guides designed specifically for use by school professionals – both in and outside the classroom.


 Stop Wondering, Start Knowing: A Mental Health Video Resource for Schools. This resource includes a facilitation guide, video stories from youth with lived experience with mental health challenges, and links to additional resources and supports. It is designed for grades 8 to 10, but can be for used for other groups at the discretion of the educator.

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