The Importance of Mental Health and Well-Being in Schools

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Well-Being is define as a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that is felt when our cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met. It is supported through equity and respect for our diverse identities and strengths( Promoting Well-Being in Ontario’s Education System, 2017).

Providing children with an environment that demonstrates love, compassion, trust, and understanding will positively impact a child and contribute to their state of well-being. It can affect a students development and has a huge impact on the the mental health of everyone.

Students need to be educated on how to maintain positive mental health and well-being in the classroom.

Currently there are many frame works such as Supporting Minds, the engagement paper by the Ministry of Ontario, Equity Strategy, and JCSH to name a few. However, these are merely recommended and are not a mandated part of education as of yet. DPA has become mandated in schools but many colleagues have observed that even though it is mandated it is not being carried out. The new Physical Education book does discuss social emotional learning, and some aspects of well being but not enough for how important of a topic it is.

In order to bring the importance of mental health and well-being forward, we have created a policy that recommends ways in which these important topics can be incorporated into curriculum. Many teachers have said that they do not have time for DPA, so to solve this problem mental health and well-being could be built into the curriculum.

Currently, the policy document is in the process of being created and will be uploading once it has been completed.

This site aims to pool resources on mental health and well-being onto on central hub and summarize those resources for educators who are looking for more information and who do not have time to look through resources themselves. Instead, they can read out blogs and if the document is of interest to them, we have provided the resource information to read more.

We also aim to integrate mental health and well-being into curriculum.

Read our proposed policy document here.