Student-based Mental Health Initiatives

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This year, the Community Health & Social Services Network (CHSSN) is partnering with LEARN’s Provincial Resource Team (PRT) to offer $20,000 in grants. These funds will support student-based mental health initiatives within the Community Learning Centres (CLC) network that are aimed at promoting school-based mental health and well-being initiatives with community partners. 

“One in five Canadians live with mental health problems, mental illness or addiction. But the reality is, five in five of us have mental health, just like we all have physical health. We can all benefit from celebrating, promoting and acknowledging the role that good mental health plays in living a full and meaningful life.”  (Canadian Mental Health Association)

CLCs across the province are fostering school-community partnerships and collaborating on initiatives that support student and family health and well-being. Each CLC has a Community Development Agent (CDA), who works with local and provincial health services to ensure that families in the community have access to quality services in English.

CLC health and well-being projects range from awareness campaigns and prevention workshops for students and their families to professional development for staff and community partners, and so much more! The network recognizes that the best strategies address every sphere of influence (families, school staff, community partners) centred around the needs of each child. Because schools cannot do it alone, CDAs will be partnering with their local NPIs (English-language health and social service providers) whenever possible or other local health partners. 

The Provincial Resource team has consulted with experts in the field of mental health to offer CDAs guidelines and pertinent information about evidence-based practices to promote positive mental health. The PRT maintains and develops partnerships that facilitate and bolster connections between the CLC network and key organizations across the province, such as:

Community Health & Social Services Network (CHSSN) Go to site

Centre of Excellence for Mental Health Go to site

AMI Quebec Go to site

Additional Resources available on LEARN's Mental Health Resources page Go to page