Mental Health Literacy

One in five young people suffer from a mental illness issue and a significant portion of those inflicted are a part of the student population at many universities. It often presents during adolescence and, if left unrecognized and untreated, can lead to considerable negative outcomes in physical and mental health, academic and vocational achievement, interpersonal relationships and other important life domains1. In spite of great need, many youth requiring mental health care do not receive it 2. Educators report that, even though they consider mental health to be very important to their students’ well-being, many do not feel they have the knowledge to support them.

The University of British Columbia is improving mental health literacy among its teacher candidates, equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need as educators. Read more…

Provincial Mental Health Literacy Professional Development

UBC Faculty of Education is spearheading, with Dr. Stanley Kutcher and Dr. Yifeng Wei, a provincial professional development strategy whereby BC school districts implement a mental health literacy program based on expert training and a cascading district trainer and school-based Go-To Educator model. Two-thirds of all BC school districts have taken part in Core Trainer Institutes.  Read more…