For School Personnel And Families

Vision Statement: Building Capacity of School Personnel to Promote Mental Health
School personnel and families will work together to create environments and interactions that will promote and support all students' mental health and well-being.

Building Capacity: What does this mean?
Building capacity is broader that traditional professional development geared toward individual learning – it involves shared learning and shared work among all relevant stakeholders. Relevant stakeholders in schools include just about everyone – principals, teachers, para-educators, related school personnel, bus drivers, volunteers ... and even students and families.

  • Shared Learning focuses on increasing knowledge and skills related to mental health promotion based on current best evidence. A variety of knowledge translation (KT) strategies are used including reading, reflection and discussion in order to apply current best evidence to practice.
  • Shared Work focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration and community-building using Communities of Practice (CoPs). CoPs bring relevant stakeholders together to do shared work around the common goal of mental health promotion in schools.

The information and resources shared in the tabs on the left have been developed to foster shared learning and shared work among interdisciplinary teams and families in order to embed mental health promotion strategies throughout the day.

Every Moment Counts 'success stories' of shared learning and shared work related to promoting children's mental health will be shared.

Building Material for OTs