December

December’s Theme is: Positive Mental Health

Create a social and physical environment in your classroom that promotes positive mental health and enhances emotional well-being for students to thrive.

Programs

Here 24/7: 1-844-HERE-247. Intake line for children and youth needing addictions, mental health or crisis services. here247.ca

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868. Confidential counselling service for children and youth. kidshelpphone.ca

Resources

Beyond Images. Lesson plans for Grades 4-8 on media literacy, body image messaging and building self-esteem. beyondimages.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association. Information and resources on stress, mental health and mental illness. cmha.ca

Kids Have Stress Too! Lessons to help students understand, identify and manage stress in healthy ways. Toolkits for Grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-9. Click “Resources” then “KHST Download” at psychologyfoundation.org.

Level Up. Ophea resource on mental health, nutrition, substance use, addictions and related behaviours. Browse mental health at teachingtools.ophea.net.

MindMasters. Activities to help children build positive living skills. Includes adult instructional videos (grades K-4). cheo.on.ca/en/MindMasters2

Teach Resi!iency. Practical tools for teachers about creating healthy spaces, promoting belonging, building resilience and mental health literacy. porticonetwork.ca/web/teach-resiliency

Looking for a class activity? Here’s an idea!

Coping Kit

Have students build their own “Coping Kit.” Play relaxing music and allow them time to write, draw or find pictures of things that represent what they think about or do to cope with stress. Have fun filling up a bag with these items that they can pull out to use at any point in their lives to help get through a stressful time.

Important December 2019 Dates

Monday, December 23:

  • Christmas Break begins

Wednesday, December 25:

  • Christmas Day

Thursday, December 26:

  • Boxing Day