Addressing it in the school (Halton District School Board)

Mental Health is defined as:

"A state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community." (World Health Organization)

It is important that we address this issue in our schools, as 1 in 5 children struggle with their mental health (Children's Mental Health Ontario)

Some factors that contribute to mental health include: genetics, negative early life experiences, self-esteem and current social circumstances (Children's Mental Health Ontario)

How do we promote good mental health in HDSB schools?

* Anti-bullying campaigns (Preventing Bullying Brochure)

* School Connectedness Game
(pdf link found here:

* Teaching Emotional Intelligence to our students with a focus on:
  • Self-Awareness (recognizing feelings)
  • Managing Emotions (finding ways to deal with emotions)
  • Empathy (understanding the feelings of others)
  • Communication (being able to express feelings in a positive manner)
  • Co-operation (knowing when and how to take the lead)
  • Resolving conflicts (using all of these EI skills together to resolve conflicts)

How can we educate our students on mental health in HDSB schools?

1. Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
  • Teach anti-bullying & self-esteem themes through role-play
  • Incorporate Emotional Intelligence themes into curriculum planning
  • P.A.L.S. (Playground Activity Leaders in Schools program)
  • Use Stress Lessons Classroom Toolkit
  • Incorporate yoga and deep breathing techniques into Phys. Ed programs
2. Social & Physical Environment
  • Mental Health Liaison program
  • Schools as a Setting for Promoting Positive Mental Health
3. Home, School & Community Partnership
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Children's Mental Health Ontario
  • New Mentality Halton


  • World Health Organization website
  • Children's Mental Health Ontario website
  • Halton District School Board website
  • Halton Region website