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Wellness

Student well-being is critical to student success. When students are preoccupied with emotional concerns, they cannot participate fully in learning. 

Similarly, students who are experiencing academic challenges due to learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities or other learning challenges can develop mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression.

 

What is mental health?

Mental health is a state of well-being that helps individuals reach their potential. When we have positive mental health, we can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and make contributions to our communities.

Mental health problems are emotional, behavioural and brain-related problems that interfere with development, relationships and functioning. It’s sometimes hard to recognize mental health problems. They can look like other difficulties, for example: defiance, aggression, avoidance or withdrawal.

Mental Health exists on a continuum. People can fluctuate between wellness and illness at different times in their life.  When we recognize signs of mental health problems early and provide the right supports quickly, we can improve the outcomes for children and youth.


 

What is resilience?

Resilience refers to the ability to cope with problems and set-backs that happen as a natural part of life.  Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges. 

There are many ways we can promote positive mental health and resilience.  People can learn how to become more resilient as they grow and develop.  There are certain characteristics and circumstances that help to improve a person’s ability to be resilient:
  • Healthy sleep habits
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Exercise
  • Connection with the community, a sense of belonging
  • Participation in music, sports, art or activities you enjoy
  • Friends and family that are positive, supportive and loving
  • Positive school experiences and connections
  • Positive self-esteem
  • Cultural or spiritual connections
  • Skills related to communicating, problem-solving
  • Social and emotional skills


Youth Mental Health Info Session:

CCI's School Council organized an informative event for our school community to learn about youth mental health.  Guest speakers included Dr. Mark Quigg and Gwen Jamieson.

Click on this link to view the presentation slides:

Highschool Anxiety 2015.pptx
 

Resiliency Building Resources:

Resiliency Building Resources.docx