Junior High Journey

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What is KEYS?

KEYS develops, nurtures and supports positive mental health and healthy relationships in three junior high / middle schools and the community as a whole. 

"Positive Mental Health is the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal withe the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equality, social justice, interconnections, and personal dignity" (as cited in 1). Social emotional learning supports positive mental health and healthy relationships.


  • Works in collaboration with school staff, youth, parents / caregivers and community organizations to create a culture that values and supports positive mental health and healthy relationships within the schools and community as a whole

  • Promotes positive mental health and healthy relationships through raising awareness, increasing knowledge, building personal skills (such as self-care and self-regulation), developing interpersonal skills and fostering positive community norms (such as support networks and physical and psychological safety)

  • Connects students, parents / caregivers and school staff to community resources
  • Works with staff to incorporate mental health links to school curriculum, existing activities / events and everyday conversations
  • Collaborates on events and presentations with community partners

KEYS operates on a community model with a plan to rotate presence within schools on a three year cycle. Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, three KEYS success coaches are working with teachers, students and parents / caregivers at:

  • Holy Spirit Junior High
  • Lakeland Ridge High School  LakelandRidge
  • Ardrossan Junior High School  Ardrossan

KEYS is a Mental Health Capacity Building Project funded by Alberta Health Services and Healthy Relationships Project funded by Alberta Community and Social Services and delivered by Strathcona County Family and Community Services in collaboration with community partners.

Additional information, contact 780-464-4044 or FCS


1. Government of Canada (2014) Mental Health Promotion. Retrieved from   GOA

2.  Alberta Health Services (2013) Report on Social Emotional Learning. Retrieved from AHS

For more information:

Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220

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Last updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018
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