Each year, Ontarians mark the first full week of May as Children’s Mental Health Week. The week is about increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health needs, decreasing stigma and understanding that help is available.
This year, the TDSB is celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week, May 1 to 7 by focusing our efforts on the theme of Belonging (#BelongingMatters). We know that mental health and well-being are affected by our sense of belonging. Belonging is the innate desire to be connected to something larger than ourselves. Based on research, two defining attributes of belonging are: being valued, needed or important with respect to others; and feeling like you fit in through shared experiences. A sense of belonging to a greater community improves motivation, health and happiness.
Over the course of the week, there will be a theme for each day. These themes will include:
Monday, May 2: “Mindful Monday"
Tuesday, May 3: “Take Time to Create Tuesday”
Wednesday, May 4: “We Belong Wednesday”
Thursday, May 5: “Taking Care Thursday”
Friday, May 6: “Fit Friday”
On Monday, May 2 we celebrate Mindful Monday. Take 10 stress free minutes and drop everything and relax. Participate in the guided video below that focuses on mindfulness.
On Friday, May 6 we celebrate Fit Friday. Let's take 10 minutes and participate in the guided video below that focuses on physical education/activity.