The Stigma-Free Society's offers a valuable online Student Mental Health Toolkit and Virtual Presentations to schools in VSB. This Canadian Charity aims to reduce stigma of all kinds and provides mental health education resources for youth, educators, and school counsellors. The Toolkit includes virtual educational tools, professional documentary videos and students have an opportunity to watch a live virtual presentation and interact with those who have faced mental health challenges. Schools have full access to the Student Mental Health Toolkit - a hub of countless interactive and engaging mental health resources. The Toolkit also includes cross-curricular Mental Wellness Lesson Plans that follow the BC curriculum guidelines.
Audience: Grade 4-12 Teachers, Counsellors and Support Staff
Andrea Paquette, President and Co-Founder of the Stigma-Free Society
Samara Liberman, Program Manager, Stigma-Free Society
Andrea Paquette is the President and Co-Founder of the Stigma-Free Society. Andrea is passionate about educating all youth about mental health. She focuses her discussions on stigma that negatively affect people’s perceptions of themselves and others. Andrea presents throughout multiple venues across the country. She is an award-winning mental health activist, educator, facilitator, speaker, and published author.
Samara Liberman has a bachelor’s degree in Equity Studies, Masters in Teaching and a Professional Development certificate in Youth Mental Health. She has worked with young people directly for many years in various capacities: in camps, after school programs, and in the classroom as an educator.