Two freely accessible online courses, LEARN and TEACH, provide a mental health literacy foundation (with downloadable best-evidence-based curriculum resources).
One in five young people suffer from a mental illness issue. 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 domains.
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
Professional development institutes for educators/counsellors/district staff:
- Core Trainer Professional Learning Opportunities
- Go-To Educator Professional Learning Opportunities
- Photos from recent institutes
BC Mental Health Literacy Professional Development
UBC Faculty of Education has coordinated a provincial professional development strategy based on the groundbreaking, best evidence-based mental health literacy approach of Dr. Stanley Kutcher (with Dr. Yifeng Wei and Andrew Baxter). Nearly every BC school district has now taken part in at least one Core Trainer Institute since we began offering these in 2015. District educator teams have engaged in this ProD Trainer of Trainers process, and we are now working at the Tier 3 District Implementation, Tier 2 Core Trainer, as well as GoTo Educator levels.