The Remember The Do’s and Don’ts: Kids Mental Health Presentations Program is a new and exciting initiative developed and delivered by Kyle Horvath, Youth Programmer, and Andrea Paquette, Executive Director for the Stigma-Free Society. The Program has been developed in consultation with Sue MacTavish, Youth & Family Counselor, École George Jay Elementary.
Youth Mental Health – Background
One in seven children will experience a mental illness at some point during their childhood in British Columbia (Here to Help, 2014). Through this impactful program, students will become more aware of their emotions so they better understand when to ask for help. Children in grades 4, 5, and 6 are blossoming with inquiring minds; forming ideas about their mental health, well-being, and self-esteem.
Many children still believe that mental illness is about being weak. Children understand when someone is physically sick that they need help. It is time to start talking about mental health the in the same manner.
The purpose of the Remember The Do’s and Don’ts: Kids Mental Health Presentations Program is to provide school children, grades 4-6, with resiliency through the awareness of their mental health, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and learning the value in reaching out for help. Our Program aims to encourage children to strive for optimal mental wellness and empowers them to learn the tools they need to stay mentally well. Participants will also develop accepting and understanding attitudes towards themselves and others through this program.
By exploring the Connections between physical health, emotional wellness and social well-being, our Program aims to help children understand the importance of balance in daily life. The goal of the Program is to make the CONNECTion between physical health and mental health. Offered by the reputable Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia, this impactful program intends to explore and engage children on the important topic of mental wellness. Participants are also given the skills to REMEMBER THE DON’Ts—a tool designed to help youth understand their mental health, and to recognize when it is time to ask for help.
Why Host a Remember The Do’s and Don’ts Presentation?
When children are equipped to understand their own needs, they become increasingly confident when faced with an issue. They are also able to reach out for help when they need it most. By focusing on prevention through education and awareness, we can develop a more supportive community in schools. Mental health and well-being is for everyone, and through this Program, the skills to maintain positive mental wellness will be available to our children in Victoria.
Please note: This Children’s Presentations’ Pilot is now complete and was successfully delivered since February 2016. Thank you to the Edith Lando Foundation for your generous donation and a special thanks to our Stigma-Free Team Member, Kyle. Your contribution to the cause of stomping out stigma has paved a way for future generations to come. 🙂