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Mental Health Education

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Mental Health Education in the Faculty of Education has four pillars:

  1.  Mental Health Literacy

  2. Social Determinants of Health

  3. Disability Studies / Mad Studies / Critical Psychiatry & Psychology Studies

  4. Inquiry / Pedagogical Approaches 

1. Mental Health Literacy

  • Achieving and maintaining positive mental health which would include the study of topics such as Social and Emotional Learning, Resiliency, Comprehensive School Health, Restorative Approaches and Mindfulness in Education;

  • Understanding the signs and symptoms of mental distress and possible mental health disorders which would include the study of topics like Stress and Trauma-Informed Practices;

  • Decreasing stigma;

  • Increasing help and health seeking efficacy for self and others.

2. Social Determinants of Health

  • Equity is important. Race, class, and gender for examples, play an important role in our mental health. 

3. Disability Studies / Mad Studies / Critical Psychiatry & Psychology Studies

  • "Nothing about us, without us" was the slogan from the Disability Rights Movement of the 1980s. There is extensive literature and research focusing on critiquing currently popular and taken for granted knowledge about mental health. 

4. Inquiry / Pedagogical Approaches

  • As educators our role is to facilitate learning. 

Livestream Videos

Dr. Allan Donsky on Mindfulness 

Dr. Stan Kutcher on Resiliency 

Todd Leader on Transforming Mental Health 

A Guide for High School and Post-Secondary Students: When you want to help peers in distress