We are pleased to offer a Core Trainer online mental health literacy institute for teachers, counsellors and others who wish to learn more about how to lead and teach mental health literacy in your school. Mental health literacy is a foundational pillar of the new Mental Health in Schools
It is an online series of 2 afternoon sessions April 12th and 19th 3:15-5:00pm- and one full day on April 26th (must attend all sessions)
Approximately 1 in 5 youth worldwide will experience a mental illness before they turn 25. Many will experience significant and substantial life challenges that may require help. Evidence-based Mental Health Literacy is the foundation for promotion, early intervention, prevention and care. These Core Trainer (Train the Trainer) sessions have been developed to increase the understanding of mental health amongst students, educators, community professionals, parents and caregivers.
- understanding how to foster and maintain good mental health
- understanding mental disorders and their treatments
- decreasing stigma
- understanding how to seek help effectively and utilize referral pathways to health care services
- be a able to deliver key resources in the MHL approach
Facilitated by Andrew Baxter, Mental Health Literacy Lead for TeenMentalHealth, this
series will benefit those who have already taken a Go-To Educator institute and/or have a strong background in school-based mental health education. These sessions will deepen your understanding of mental health literacy, particularly during the current public health crisis.
Audience: High School Teachers, Area Counsellors and Secondary Counsellors
Presenter: Andrew Baxter
Andrew Baxter, MSW RSW, has worked in school-based and community mental health for over 18 years. During his time with Alberta Health Services, he has provided direct treatment for students from K-12, as well as consultation for their families and teachers. Andrew currently serves as the Team Lead for teenmentalhealth.org and the Alberta Mental Health Literacy Project. In these roles, he has worked to promote school mental health literacy among students, educators, parents, and mental health professionals at provincial, national and international levels. Andrew has delivered mental health literacy training to over 10,000 educators and supported school leaders from across Alberta and beyond in implementing the mental health literacy approach in their school districts to better address youth mental health needs. Responding to the many requests from educators, Andrew is currently coordinating the development of resources for mental health literacy suitable for students in elementary grades to complement the suite of resources developed for junior high and high school students. He is honored to be a member of the Indigenous Mental Health Literacy committee, supported through the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Andrew provides professional learning for educators through the University of British Columbia Faculty of Education Mental Health Institute and is an Adjunct Lecturer with the University of Calgary Department of Psychiatry.