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What is Strathcona County's mental health capacity program?

The mental health capacity program develops 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 with 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" (Government of Canada, 2014). Social and emotional learning supports a positive mental health and healthy relationships.  Social and Emotional Learning (71.7 KB)  

The mental health capacity program:

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

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

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

The mental health capacity program operates on a community model with a plan to rotate presence within schools on a three year cycle. From 2017 to the 2020 school year, the Strathcona County team is working with teachers, students, and parents and caregivers at:

Strathcona County's Mental Health Capacity Building Program is funded by Alberta Health Services and delivered by Strathcona County's Family and Community Services.

Parents and caregivers of students and school staff from other schools who want more information about supporting youth mental health can contact Family and Community Services at 780-464-4044.

References

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

For more information:

Family and Community Services
Address: 200, 501 Festival Avenue
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220
Email: FamilyandCommunity@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Tuesday, May 07, 2019
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