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Classroom Educator Mental Health and Well-Being Resources

Wellness promo greenAll staff who work with students play a vital role as caring adults in supporting student mental health and well-being on a daily basis. Educators’ role in promoting student well-being continues, though it may look a little different during remote learning. While we are apart, regular check-ins build connections with students, promote peer relationships and encourage kindness and inclusion.

Some things to consider in this new model of learning:

  • Be mindful of students who may be particularly vulnerable. Take time to connect with them individually in whatever way works, such as a phone call, email or a note to their parent/guardian.
  • Connect students with mental health supports in the Board or community, if you’re concerned.
  • Be gentle, kind, and flexible expectations of kids and families.
  • Try to foster a sense of connection and continuity in relationships.
  • Consider building new routines and traditions in your remote “classroom.”
  • Limit media exposure about the pandemic for students through learning, which may be stressful.

Be compassionate and gentle with yourself. Remember to take care of your own physical and emotional wellness, too. We are grateful for all you are doing.

 


Resources

School Mental Health Ontario - resources created by school mental health and education professionals from around the province including the TDSB:

Educator Conversations with Students and Families During Covid-19 School Closures – Some tips on how staff can support students’ and their families during the pandemic. 

Leading a Mentally Healthy School Through the COVID-19 Pandemic – 5 tips for how administrators can make a huge difference in supporting mental health and well-being during the pandemic. 

Everyday Mental Health Classroom Resource (K-8) – easy to implement in person or online activities, practices or games to support good mental health. (many of these activities are transferrable but a secondary version is coming soon).

Notice & Identify – How to help identify when a student may need mental health support

6R Guidance Teacher Resource - an example of an approach that can be used by staff in supporting students seeking help for a problem with their mental health.

Talking with Parents and Families about Mental Health – Tips to consider when planning to talk to parents/caregivers about a student’s mental health.

Connect & Support – How to connect with and support students who are receiving mental health treatment, and how to manage challenging interactions.

Resources created by youth, for youth to increase help-seeking

Ministry of Education

  • Supporting Minds – An Educators' Guide to Promoting Students’ Mental Health & Well-Being

Family Resources


Each week, we will focus on a different theme of something to be mindful of or consider during this difficult time as well as activities you can share with your students. Read past weeks' themes.

Self-Care

Self Care PromoTaking care of yourself is an important part of supporting well-being. As we continue to live with the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, it is important to find ways to nurture and take care of yourself. Sometimes we feel guilty for taking the time to care for/ focus on ourselves. This is a life skill that is helpful for everyone, regardless of age. Taking care of yourself (self-care) can look different for everyone. But in doing so you can improve your energy, find joy, and refocus on what really matters to you. Here are some ideas for you:

  • Find moments of stillness and quiet in your day
  • Move your body
  • Go outside/be in nature
  • Rest when you can and prioritize regular sleep
  • Reflect on what works for you
  • Give yourself permission to focus on your own needs and set boundaries on obligations
  • Find pleasure in things that you like to do
  • Explore new ways to relax and unwind
  • Eat and hydrate when you can to fuel your body and mind
  • Find some time during the day to connect with friends and family

Exercises for Elementary Students

Exercises for Middle and High School Students

Additional Resources for Caregivers

Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
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