Teachers get new free tool to improve mental health literacy

Teach Mental Health will help educators better understand mental illness and how to decrease stigma

Starting today, educators from across Canada will be able to access a free, evidence-based, online mental health literacy curriculum hosted by the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia.

“Teach Mental Health will help develop, foster and enhance mental health literacy for educators, and ultimately for students as well,” says Dr. Stan Kutcher of TeenMentalHealth.Org. “By taking the course, participants will improve their mental health literacy, which means they will develop a better understanding of mental illnesses, know how to help decrease stigma, be more informed about mental health care and be able to assist in the development of useful mental health strategies for their students and themselves.”

Approximately 70% of mental illnesses start before age 25, and 1 in 5 youth will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and since most Canadian youth attend school, enhancing teacher’s mental health literacy is an important need.

The curriculum is open to all teacher candidates in faculties of education. It is also available to all educators working in schools including classroom teachers, administrators and other specialized roles such as resource teachers, learning support teachers and school based health services providers.

Registration for this course is free. Successful completers will receive a professional education certificate from the three partner faculties of education. The course is self-paced to allow participants to work on their own time. The estimated time commitment is approximately 8 hours.

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