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Educational Issues Presentation Lesson Plan

Issues Topic Is There Enough Mental Health Support in Schools?

Group Members Torrin, Caymen, Emily, Jen Date June 13, 2017

Students will:
Learning Have a clearer understanding of the types of mental support
Objectives resources that should be available to children in schools
What do you want your
classmates to learn? Students will learn of teacher training programs that are available
for increased mental health awareness
Assessment Students will answer specific questions in order to assure the key
How will you know your
classmates have learned? points have been understood
What resources will you PowerPoint presentation with links to video and resources
need for your Candy for answering correctly (or at least trying)

Curriculum-integrated mental health programs help students feel

more engaged in their school work because they feel that the school
is a safe place for them to work.
Students feel that their ideas and opinions matter, and that they
have a voice.
Teachers see students nearly every day, six hours a day. Because of
Script-Emily this close contact, teachers should be one of the first people to
notice changes in student behavior.
If trained to recognize the mental and emotional welfare of their
students, teachers will be able to implement more effective teaching
methods that aim not only to support learning, but create an
atmosphere where the students feel safe and comfortable enough
to make mistakes and learn.
Key Resources
British Columbia Teachers Federation (2015) Addressing youth mental health
issues in BCs K-12 public schools: a BCTF submission. A brief to the
select standing committee on children and youth from the British Columbia
teachers federation. Retrieved from
References s+k-12+public+schoolsd&id=ED573417
Frauenholtz, Susan, Amy N. Mendenhall, Jungrim Moon; Role of School
Employees Mental Health Knowledge in Interdisciplinary Collaborations
to Support the Academic Success of Students Experiencing Mental Health
Distress. Child Sch 2017; 39 (2): 71-79. doi: 10.1093/cs/cdx004

ED 2500 Orientation to Teaching

Instructor: Jenna Lowe
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(2010). Understanding the mental health needs of primary school children
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Helen Askell-Williams & Michael J. Lawson (2013) Teachers knowledge and
confidence for promoting positive mental health in primary school
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Kutcher, S., & Wei, Y. (2013). Challenges and solutions in the implementation
of the school-based pathway to care model: The lessons from nova scotia
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Retrieved from

Kutcher, S., Wei, Y., & Szumilas, M. (2011). Comprehensive school mental
health: An integrated School-based pathway to care model for canadian
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Piotrowska, P. J., Tully, L. A., Lenroot, R., Kimonis, E., Hawes, D., Moul, C.,
Frick, P. J., Anderson, V., & Dadds, M. R. (2017). Mothers, Fathers, and
Parental Systems: A Conceptual Model of Parental Engagement in
Programmes for Child Mental HealthConnect, Attend, Participate, Enact
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Wei, Y. and Kutcher, S. (2014), Innovations in Practice: Go-to Educator

Training on the mental health competencies of educators in the secondary
school setting: a program evaluation. Child Adolesc Ment Health, 19: 219
222. doi:10.1111/camh.12056

ED 2500 Orientation to Teaching

Instructor: Jenna Lowe