Mental Health Literacy

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 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.

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:
Photos from recent institutes in 2020

Stay tuned for news about upcoming institutes at UBC
Mental Health Core Trainer Institute & Academy at Teenmentalhealth-Alberta

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. Educator teams from 58 districts have engaged in this ProD Trainer of Trainers process, and we are now working at the Tier 2 Core Trainer as well as GoTo Educator levels. Stay tuned for more!

Various UBC MHL Institutes pictured below from 2015 to present.