A Call for the Integration of Mental Health Literacy into School Curriculum
Keywords:mental health, school, mental health literacy, The Guide, youth
Growing recognition of the burden of mental illness on Canadian youth has triggered the need for preventative action. Schools hold great potential for supporting student mental-health with universal school-based programs being offered in many Alberta schools. The aim of this inquiry is to examine the real-world applicability of the Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide, by observing its implementation in four grade nine classrooms in Central Alberta. This inquiry also explores if the topics covered in The Guide align with the mental health needs of Canadian youth, supporting a call for standard, regular implementation of evidence-based mental health programs across school boards.
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