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Mental Health

Mental Health is one of the six health topics a school community may identify as their priority health topic for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification.

Based on the Ministry of Education's Foundations for a Healthy School (2014) this topic includes strategies and activities related to:

  • education and career/life planning to reduce transition anxiety
  • living skills (e.g., self-awareness; adaptive, management and coping skills)
  • mental health problems (e.g., mood disorders, self-harm, anxiety, attention, eating problems)
  • mental health promotion (e.g., development of coping skills and resiliency, stigma reduction, social-emotional learning)
  • mental illness within the family
  • resiliency
  • stigma and stereotypes
  • suicide prevention and intervention

Mental Illness in Ontario Infographic: mental illness is one of the five behavioural risk factors for chronic disease identified by the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA)

Related Education Policies and Resources:

For sample strategies and activities relating to Mental Health, see pages 25-27 of the Foundations for a Healthy School resource.

Funding Opportunities:

Related Ophea Resources:

For more resources on this health topic, click here.