Some great ideas to build your own mental health first aid kit.
This collection houses resources geared toward mental wellness and mental health.
"Below is a list of 121 employee wellness program ideas that you can easily implement at your office.
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Content on website goes over the following topics as well as provides PDF worksheets and templates. Teens, young adults
Something About Me: Self-Esteem Sentence Completion
Things I Like About Me Worksheet
I’m Great Because…” Worksheet
Designing Affirmations Worksheet
Understanding Self-Confidence Worksheet
You, At Your Best Worksheet
My Wins Worksheet
Before You Die’ Bucketlist Worksheet
Reframing Negative Judgments
6 Self-esteem activities for Teens
Self-Esteem Sentence Stems Worksheet
Self-Esteem Journal Template
Gratitude Worksheet and Journal Template
Reframing Critical Self-Talk Worksheet
Identifying and Challenging Core Beliefs
Exercises for Building Self-esteem
Assertive Communication Worksheet
Tips for Overcoming Low Self-Esteem and Low Self-Worth
Ten Days to Self-Esteem Improvement: An Action Pla
Some quick and useful ways to bust stress right now!
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Explains types of aggressive behaviour, identifies related factors, distinguishes between normal and concerning behaviour, and gives advice on how to address aggression in youth, including proven prevention and intervention strategies
First Nations communities with addiction challenges have access to two programs funded by the Government of Canada. These programs are the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) and the National Youth Solvent Abuse Program (NYSAP).
For information on NNADAP and NYSAP treatment programs, contact a treatment centre near you. You can also contact your local regional office at the number provided below.
For information on NNADAP community-based prevention programs, contact your community nursing station, health centre, band council or local regional office.
The Adult Mental Health Clinics are part of a continuum of treatment and support services available for adults (age 18 and over). They provide a wide range of community-based services for people who are having significant problems related to their mental health and well-being. All services are provided free of charge.
- Intake Program
- Community Outreach and Support Team
- Adult Community Program
- Individual Counseling
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- The Wellbeing Course
- Alternatives to Violence
- Psychology Assessment
- Community Recovery Services
- Adult Psychiatry
This site includes resources for youth, parents, coaches, teachers on alcohol use. It includes several lessons designed to integrate with Saskatchewan curriculum, in particular with Health/Wellness 9 and 10 and lessons for the Biology curriculum. It provides full lessons, relevant resources (videos, prezis, etc.), educational techniques and ideas for dealing with sensitive topics.
A smartphone App designed to help teens and youth to cope with anxiety - promoting a shift in thinking about anxiety.
Available for iPhone/iPad in the apple store:
Available for android in google play store:
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A great way to show anxiety is to do a drama performance and act it out for others to see what anxiety is really like for someone.
Dealing with Anxiety:
Video series “Stopping the Noise in your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry”
1. Find a situation that scares you…really cares you!
a) For example flying in an airplane. Have an actor pretending to be on a plane with ‘anxiety’ sitting beside them
2. Move towards that thing….get the stress going.
3. Acknowledge that doubt, stress, and discomfort.
4. Welcome what is happening…..
5. Give yourself a motivational or instructional comment…give me more
6. Go back to the task
7. Give yourself a “ point” for being able to go back to the task.
The following resource is a powerpoint on anxiety. It covers the following:
- What anxiety is
- Steps to help kids overcome anxiety
- Parenting patterns that work and don't work
- Anxiety enhancers
Anxiety education for youth, teens. Includes content,, activities and videos on topics:
Fight, Flight, Freeze
How to Chill
Instill a sustainable, positive culture in your classroom with these lessons and activities.
Elementary - 8 Activities for Building a Compassionate Classroom Culture
Middle School - 7 Activities to Foster Decision-Making and Character Skills
High School - 6 Ways to Embed Mental Wellness into Classroom Culture
Our brains have an alarm system that works all on its own. It is called the amygdala, and when the amygdala fires off its alarm system we tend to listen. Which is great if we are actually in a fire, or actually being chased by a large wild animal, or actually our life is indeed in danger! However, for the most part, often our amygdala fires when we are NOT in any real kind of danger. For instance:
Talking to a person we don’t know, is NOT life threatening.
Ordering a meal in a restaurant, is NOT life threatening.
Writing a test, is NOT life threatening.
Making eye contact with someone, is NOT life threatening.
However, when we have anxiety our brain activates our amygdala and we respond with body sensations and thoughts that make us believe they just might be! The amygdala is a small almond shaped organ in our brain that processes our memory, our decision-making response and our emotional responses. It is part of our nervous system, and all too often it is working over-time.
To handle worry and anxiety we need to teach our brain to NOT turn on the alarm system. (The best part about a brain is that it is very capable of changing the way it thinks! This is called neuroplasticity.). We need to tell our brain:
- I am willing to feel UNcomfortable.
- I am willing to feel unsure and to NOT know what might happen next.
- I am willing to use my courage and do what I might not want to do.
- I can handle it if things do not go just perfect.
- I am okay with NOT knowing how things are going to turn out.
By saying this in our mind and by doing this we can change the response our brain makes. It will take time and constant repetition…but it can be accomplished. We can actually make a new neuropathway in our brain so that it no longer ‘fires up panic’ when we do things. It is like making a new walking path across the grass. Eventually, if we stay on the same new path, the old one fills in and a new path begins to appear.
This is a fabulous list of 21 books to teach students about everything from self-regulation to patience.
These books would be a wonderful addition to any classroom library or library and would be excellent as read-aloud stories for students, followed by discussion.
These books are all connected to 21st century skills - especially self management or character/self-regulation.