Promoting Positive Mental Health

Promoting Positive Mental Health Collection

Mental health is fundamental to healthy living and strong communities. These resources provide insight and direction for positively impacting children's mental health in active after school programs.

It is important for families, schools, and program providers to be able to recognize and help youth cope with stress to minimize the risk...
A negative self concept during adolescence has been associated with maladaptive behaviors and emotions, while a positive self-concept has...
Lessons and activities designed to support the development of positive body image and self-esteem amongst students in Grade K to 7 and...
Video, 4 minutes. This video discusses what resiliency is, how to understand it for ourselves and how to incorporate it into our after...
Parent Action on Drugs has developed this brochure for parents of teens. It discusses the risk and protective factors that affect...
Notes the role of staff in youth programming as not being to counsel but to refer to appropriate supports or resources.  Staff are to...
Webinar, 1 hour. This webinar looks at principles and design standards of High Five, the need for emotional safety, two critical reasons...
This session examines the need for emotional safety in children’s programs with a focus on two critical reasons why children do not engage...
The Circle of Courage, is a model of youth empowerment supported by contemporary research, the heritage of early youth work pioneers and...
There are four tools in the Discovering Strengths Toolkit.  Initial pilot testing has shown that they work most effective when used...
This is a planning guide for Girls’ Days, which are aimed at providing a wide range of enjoyable opportunities for young women in the areas...
Organizations may use these selected resources to support the delivery and provide ideas for their after-school programming. Resources...
This document discusses the development of resilience at three levels: individual, family and environmental. Tips follow each section. It...
Children do not know how to regulate stress. They are less able to manage stressful situations and are, therefore, far more susceptible to...
Fact Sheets on Bullying; Emotional Health; Injury and Physical Trauma; Healthy Living, Healthy Weight; Health-Risk Behaviours. Toolkits...
The main purpose of these Healthy Living Guidelines is to provide Island early learning and child care centres with effective direction,...
This guide looks at: Observing children and youth’s mental health; Mental health promotion; and, What does a quality, active after school...
Healthy Minds in Active Bodies is a resource for supervisors of after school programs that are being delivered to children and youth...
This paper describes key mental health issues facing youth (ages 12+), identifies opportunities for effecting change, and describes what...
Seven-minute video. This is a new illustrated video developed by Ophea’s Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC) that is designed to...
Discusses how recreation professionals can support children's mental health through the development of strength-based programming and...
Level Up is a free online resource that supports educators and program leaders in promoting positive mental health and overall...
A 2-1/2 minute YouTube video on stress management looking at its causes and ways to manage it, such as exercise, getting in control,...
This brief makes recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health as part of their study on Health Promotion and...
The MindMasters series are mental health promotion resources that help children to master emotional regulation through relaxation, positive...
Research suggests that high quality afterschool programs focused on promoting personal and social skills can reduce rates of drug use and...
For some young people, serious, internalizing problems such as depressive or anxious moods, negative self-perceptions and emotional...
This article looks at: Quality, active after school programs; and, Quality, active after school programs, with a focus on how these apply...
This article looks at: Increased challenges for girls and young women; Observing children and youth’s mental health; Quality, active after...
Rainbow Fun is a physical activity and healthy eating program for children 3-6 years. It includes information and interactive activities...
These resources will help families integrate small simple steps into their lives and get started on the path to a healthier lifestyle....
[2007] Canada ranks 22nd when it comes to preventable childhood injuries and deaths; Canada ranks 27th in childhood obesity; and; Canada...
Contains many ideas for cooperative games, organized by age group, setting and level of activity.
The resiliency survey is intended to help students discover their strengths and challenges, and will support them in building their own...
This article discusses the issue of self-esteem and young women in Canada today. It provides evidence to suggest that sport and physical...
Free online course. Section One -15 minutes. Section Two - 2 hours. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is gaining traction in Canada and...
A synthesis of 17 systematic reviews and recommendations for policy and practice. Evidence suggests assertive community treatment can be...
A powerful four-minute video on child and youth mental health, showing that schools have a unique opportunity to support mental health.
This one-day training is designed for the person responsible for training staff in an organization or community setting. Using the latest...
This session looks at in-person training developed by HIGH FIVE®, in collaboration with Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario, to help...
The SUPPORTIVE MINDS online tool provides guidance to parents who may be concerned about their children's behaviour and mental...
Video, 10 minutes. This tutorial will provide you with information about the Take It EASY program and manual so you can run this...
Presents a teaching approach that uses sport and exercise to help young people take more responsibility for themselves and the wellbeing of...
“The Health of Canada’s Young People: a mental health focus” looks at the emotional and mental health of young people and its relationship...
This report, which formed the foundation for the development of a ‘youth service model’ for the military addresses the following issues,...
This section of CAMH provides information about the mental health issues that affect youth and suggestions about how you can support your...