Educators

We want to hear how you are Supporting Mental Wellness during the Ring A Bell Campaign!

We are asking schools to share how they are supporting Mental Wellness – this could be a video, a poem, poster or even a song. Get creative! Entries will be compiled and shared on social media on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 28, 2021. A monetary award of $250.00 will go to 2 elementary schools and 2 middle schools with submissions chosen by our Youth Leadership Team. All submissions must be in by December 16, 2020 to qualify for the monetary award. Send your entries to cmiles@partnersforyouth.ca. (If sending pictures, please ensure all youth have consented)

Make some noise on December 4th, 2020

If your school has classes on December 4th, encourage students to bring a bell or something to make noise with for one minute at 12pm to show support for mental health. Some schools may opt to come together and ring bells together if social distancing and Covid 19 protocols allow, some will be ringing bells virtually or over the the school sound system. This is an opportunity to come together in one unifying action and celebrate mental health.

For almost as long as history has been recorded,  bells have been rung around the world to bring people together  – sometimes to pray, to work, to war, to feast and, in times of crisis, to gather and unite. Used to send messages over long distances,  bells can mean the beginning of something or the end of something. On Friday, December 4th, bells will ring in communities across the province to break the silence around mental illness and support the beginning of new and ongoing conversations on the importance of youth mental health.

Elementary School Resources

Classroom Activities


  1.  Activity – Paper Chain Instructions and Talking Points

Connecting with each other  & finding opportunities to have open conversations about our feelings are so important.  These are the paper chain activity instructions and talking points for class discussions while students are colouring their strips.

Paper Strips Download  Here is the PDF of the paper strips.

2.  Suggested Lesson Plan Positive Mental Health

3.  Activity  Activity: My Active and Healthy Lifestyle Circle

4.  Activity Community Resources Activity

External Resources for Consideration From Other Sources

Elementary School Activities:

Mental Health Book Resources for Elementary School:


There Are Many Informative Websites Available With Lots of Great Ideas – Here Are a Few of Our Favourites!

The Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resource supports K-8 educators by offering a repository of everyday mental health practices that are easily incorporated in t the classroom.  Multiple practices include:  Stress Management & Coping, Identifying Emotions, Positive Motivation, Healthy Relationships, Self Awareness & Critical Thinking.  


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.


 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.


Middle School Resources

Classroom Activities


  1.  Activity Paper Chain Instructions and Talking Points

Connecting with each other  & finding opportunities to have open conversations about our feelings are so important.  These are the paper chain activity instructions and talking points for class discussions while students are colouring their strips.

2.  Lesson Plan Humour 6-8

3.  Lesson Plan 6-8 (Managing Stress)

4.  Community Resources Activity

External Resources for Consideration From Other Sources

Middle School Activity Ideas:


There Are Many Informative Websites Available With Lots of Great Ideas – Here Are a Few of Our Favourites!


The Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resource supports K-8 educators by offering a repository of everyday mental health practices that are easily incorporated in t the classroom.  Multiple practices include:  Stress Management & Coping, Identifying Emotions, Positive Motivation, Healthy Relationships, Self Awareness & Critical Thinking. 


Anxiety Canada has information for educators, families, and youth on coping with Covid 19. 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.


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.


Teach Mental Health Literacy

In this course, educators will learn how to apply this classroom-ready, web-based, modular mental health curriculum resource as well as develop their own mental health literacy. Educators can then use this resource designed to be delivered to regular classrooms to successfully address mental health-related curriculum outcomes designed to be delivered by classroom teachers to students aged 12 to 19.  Participation in this online course is free.  


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.


 Mental Health Kit (Grades 7-9) is based on the Alberta school curriculum but is a great Canadian resource for mental health class activities and talking points.


 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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