Some great ideas to build your own mental health first aid kit.
This collection houses resources geared toward mental wellness and mental health.
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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!
Techniques begin at 3:10!
This video gives you three tools for deep breathing to help manage stress anywhere, and any time you need it.
Pursed Lip Breathing; Deep breathing; Alternating Nostril Breathing
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:
The dedicated team at Anxiety.org is committed to making mental health information accessible, inclusive, easy-to-find, and easy-to-understand. We want anyone suffering from an anxiety disorder to have access to all the resources they need to understand and overcome their condition. This website provides the latest and most relevant information by working directly with distinguished doctors, therapists, scientists, and specialists to keep you on the cutting-edge of research and advancements in the field, while keeping our content approachable for the average reader. Our goal is to bridge the understanding gap that exists between mental health professionals and those actually dealing with anxiety disorders.
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or related mood or mental health issue. In fact, some studies have estimated the number to be over 1 billion! And the majority of those diagnosed or struggling with an anxiety disorder don't receive treatment or have access to the information, treatment, or tools they need during their journey to recovery. Anxiety.org is there to provide support to people no matter what their environment or economic status.
It is not surprising that there are over four million monthly Internet searches worldwide on anxiety-related terms. Some of these searches come from undiagnosed individuals seeking basic knowledge about what they are experiencing; others come from diagnosed persons looking for specific information and guidance; and still others come from individuals seeking understanding and advice regarding a family member, loved one, or close friend who is dealing with anxiety. For people with these conditions, the isolating nature and stigma associated with anxiety disorders has been a significant obstacle to seeking professional treatment. Anxiety.org allows anxiety sufferers the ability to seek help anonymously and conveniently.
We have partnered with hundreds of schools, institutions, researchers and clinicians, experienced therapists, and other mental health and wellness experts. All the donations received, as well as 100% of Anxiety.org revenue in 2016, will be used to fund grants to universities, clinics, and research institutions. If you are interested, please email our publisher at Research@Anxiety.org.
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
Video on fighting anxiety and fear
What if there was a way to systematically fight every single fear you have?
Angela has worked in public relations for over a decade, gaining invaluable experience and contacts throughout the industry. In the last ten years, Angela has represented some of the biggest international celebrities and brands. At 28 she saw an opportunity to create a new-school PR agency that was obsessed and addicted to results. Angela began Australian based Flourish PR in February 2010 and the business has grown from a home office into a busy dynamic agency.
Angela runs a dedicated team of publicists and creatives who are new school thinkers in the world of PR.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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.
In love, we fall. We're struck, we're crushed, we swoon. We burn with passion. Love makes us crazy and makes us sick. Our hearts ache, and then they break. Talking about love in this way fundamentally shapes how we experience it, says writer Mandy Len Catron. In this talk for anyone who's ever felt crazy in love, Catron highlights a different metaphor for love that may help us find more joy and less suffering in it.
Online peer support.
This is an excellent resource for teachers, parents, and adult learners. Students should contact their school counselor for support, if possible.
"The Move to Learn Team is EXCITED to debut a redesigned website and a new collection of FREE classroom videos to help teenage students shake out the energy and regain focus! "
This site is great because there are videos targeted toward teenagers and most break breaks are for younger kids.
There are also collections for Prek-K, K-3 and 4-6.
This playlist has brain breaks for prek-grade 12!
The Buffalo Riders program enhances and strengthens community-based capacity to provide youth with early and brief interventions and support services in reducing substance using behaviour. The five day training program for facilitators includes the latest research and culturally specific teachings about youth resiliency, risk and protective factors, and developmental assets/factors which research has identified as critical for young people’s successful growth and development.
Many people can have a poor body image, seeing their general physical appearance in a negative light (e.g., “I hate my body”). However, the term Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD, is used to describe a particular more specific type of body image problem. BDD is marked by an intense preoccupation with a perceived flaw in one’s physical appearance. Individuals with BDD often spend significant periods of time worrying about and evaluating a particular aspect of their appearance. Large amounts of time may be spent checking their appearance in the mirror, comparing their appearance with others, and engaging in behaviours designed to try to hide or conceal the area of concern.
A leader's guide and activities for developing resilience for you and your team. 8.5" × 11", 88 pages, 264 KB.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), founded in 1918, is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada. Each year, we provide services and supports to more than 1.3 million Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 11,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 330 communities.
As the nationwide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.
CMHA branches across Canada provide a wide range of innovative services and supports to people who are experiencing mental illness and their families. These services are tailored to the needs and resources of the communities where they are based. One of the core goals of these services is to help people with mental illness develop the personal tools to lead meaningful and productive lives.
About CMHA Saskatchewan
CMHA SK is a volunteer-based organization which supports and promotes the rights of persons with mental illness to maximize their full potential; and promotes and enhances the mental health and well-being of all members of the community.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatchewan Division – CMHA SK – is one of the oldest and largest community-based human services organizations in Saskatchewan. We are proud to be part of CMHA National, connecting us with branches all across Canada
Character Playbook is an innovative digital course that uses engaging strategies to educate students about cultivating and maintaining healthy relationships during their critical middle school years. Comprised of six lessons that cover key concepts around positive character development, social-emotional learning (SEL), and building healthy relationships, Character Playbook allows students to engage with real-world scenarios, including examples of bystander intervention, resolving conflicts, effective communication, and positive relationships.
This Course Covers
Understanding & Managing Emotions
This site offers a 30 Day Kindness Journal that will impact mental wellness and the world through a daily practice of Kindness that will take 10 minutes or less and can all be done from home. The Virtual Resource Library is a huge library of tools & resources (videos, strategies, family/student/staff challenges). Virtual Assemblies offer some of the best youth speakers and performers to provide online assemblies to keep students (and staff!) engaged, inspired, and hopeful.
*Digital citizenship (balanced usage)
*EdTech rating & reviews
*Family engagement resources
*Free monthly webinars
*Digital Passport & Digital Compass games for students
*Videos, toolkits, lesson plans, posters, and more!
*sign up for the weekly newsletter for tips and advice
The Comprehensive School Health (CSH) Hub is a community for individuals involved in teaching, learning, and researching CSH at the post-secondary level.
There are a wealth of K-12 resources available on this site for health. Select the Resources tab, and then select K-12 or copy and pasted this web address into your browser https://cshhub.com/resource_type/csh-resources/
*Mental Health for students
*Mental Health for teachers
Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. The service is currently available in the Canada via SMS at 686868.
There is also an opportunity to apply to be a volunteer crisis responder.
"During times of crisis, it can be a natural instinct to focus our full attention on our teams, and forget to care for ourselves. However, burned-out leaders aren't able to serve themselves or their teams, and will struggle to effectively address the situations at hand.
Maggie Hodge shares a week's worth of daily wellness practices for the mind, body, and soul, to promote creativity, productivity, and wellness."
An all-new documentary, produced by the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN), takes viewers into school classrooms, onto after-school sports fields, into urban hospital psychiatric units, and into northern and remote communities to examine the current state of youth mental health in Saskatchewan. Meet grade 7/8 students, their teacher, psychiatric nurses, a school and youth psychologist and a peer mentor who are all working to change the way people view and talk about mental health.