Every day, well-being is a shared responsibility that requires thoughtful and ongoing collaboration linking schools, families, and community partners. Increasing understanding and support of mental health and well-being is a key goal in our Strategic Plan.
Resources and Help: Mental Health
For easy reference, our staff have curated a list of valuable Mental Health Resources, including support for families and accessing online counselling.
Leadership: Burnaby School District
We recognize the critical importance of this work, and we’re committed to promoting mental health and well-being for all. As a District, we’ve created a vision and plan to meet key goals in promoting positive mental health in our school communities. Read our Mental Health Strategy Summary.
Read the opinion-editorial in the Vancouver Sun by Burnaby Board of Education Chair Gary Wong: “Schools, Communities Can Help Children Cope Beyond Mental Health Week”
As part of our mental health strategy over the 2019-20 school year, we provided teachers with information and tools to help teach students about:
- the importance of sleep for health and learning
- how to get enough sleep
See our resources: Sleep – What Students and Families Need to Know
Mental Health: a Shared Understanding
Mental health isn’t simply the absence of mental illness, it’s a state of well-being, and we all have it. Just as we look after our physical health, we must also look after our mental health. We can do so by:
- developing social emotional skills, such as understanding and managing emotions
- building strong relationships
- feeling connected to our communities, and
- understanding what stress is and how to cope with it.
Mental health is an important part of overall health, and can change from day-to-day. It’s the state of being able to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and manage challenges.
Information: for School Staff, Parents, and Students
We’re sharing the following links about how each of us can promote positive mental health and reduce the stigma associated with asking for help.