teacher resources for the little ones
The Green Ribbon Campaign has started!
May 8th, 2014 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
We have "Green Ribbon" activities and crafts below and on the Kids page — a nice way to set the stage while you introduce a mental health topic for class discussion.
more Iris grades 4 to 6 programs
Iris has developed programs that help students become familiar with the topic of mental illness. "Wear an Iris the Dragon Hat Day", Iris puppet shows, or even talking about it help to reduce the fear and stigma associated with mental illness.
• Classroom activities meeting Ontario’s k12 curriculum
• Art & language lesson plan for grades 2-4
• Language lesson plan for grades 2-6
Iris the Dragon has high-resolution graphics to help you create posters and buttons to help get students involved in the discussion. Just click on the images below to open up the original graphics and then right-click and "Save Image As" to download it.
mental health advocacy at school
There are two good times during the year to promote mental health wellness:
Mental Health Week - held in the first week of May; and Mental Illness Awareness Week - held in the first week of October.
Both are led by the Canadian Mental Health Association to raise awareness and advocacy.
Use the Iris the Dragon book series and have your students create posters of Iris the Dragon with sayings that offer advice about how to keep one's brain healthy and strategies to cope with stress for these events.
teacher resources for tweens & teens
Mental health resources & ideas
Here are some in-class, discussion points that will resonate more with young teens:
YouTube Videos on Positive Messaging and Mental Health
Dealing with Mental Health challenges can be difficult. Get involved in the right conversation about mental health. Listen to some positive messages surrounding the conversation.
Generation LETS: Let's Erase the Stigma! – Children’s Advocacy Group
6 mental health sites for youth
Designed to help individuals and families better manage mental health and substance use problems.
The site has a self-screening test, interactive tools, a discussion forum and content offered in multiple languages.
Children’s Mental Health Ontario
An informative website defining mental health and illness and mental health challenges for children.
Includes links to useful resources and services available in Ontario.
Also has information on how to get involved in their Youth Action Committees.
Mind Your Mind
A place for youth and young adults to get helpful information about mental health.
Includes tips and online tools for coping with stress and other mental health challenges.
Kids Help Phone
A great site for kids to learn about conditions that may affect them.
It’s also a safe place for them to reach out if they need help.
Canadian Red Cross
A good resource with tips on how to identify bullying and stop it
Mental Health America
A list For teens and young adults with useful fact sheets to all issues pertaining to children’s mental health can be found here.
Special Needs Awareness Calendar
This is a handy and nicely produced infographic listing many of the health and wellness awareness days throughout the year. Lots of dates we didn't know about!
a play about mental health?
In 2003, "Catch a Falling Star" was adapted for the theatre for CAMH's Madness and Arts Festival in Toronto. It received positive reviews and was performed for the length of the festival and at Toronto's elementary schools by the Workman Theatre Project.
Please contact us for a copy of the script if your school is interested in performing the play.
...and check out Pete MacKay's The Teacher List for loads of practical K12 resources for you and your students.