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Mental Health and Well-being for All


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: 49ͼ

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 49ͼ Chair Gary Wong:

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.