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Teach Resilience supports, promotes mental health in Canadian classrooms

Research has indicated that 20 percent of Canadian students suffer from a mental health illness, causing teachers to face more stress than most other professionals. Canadian officials have launched Teach Resiliency to help support and promote mental health in classrooms.

Physical and Health Education (PHE) Canada, The Co-operators Group Limited, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and University of Western – Centre For School Mental Health have created teachresilency.ca, a public portal to offer teachers simple-to-use tools and strategies to assess resilience needs and promote both teacher and student mental well-being. Teach Resiliency features more than 150 evidence-based mental health resources, 20+ videos and podcasts, tip sheets and more, covering a range of mental health matters to support teachers and their students.

“Through our research we identified a significant gap in education,” states Brian Storey, PHE Canada president and CEO. “But this gap has provided an opportunity to make a positive impact on the mental health and well-being of students and teachers across the country – and Teach Resiliency is a great first step in this effort.”

“This gap has provided an opportunity to make a positive impact on the mental health and well-being of students and teachers across the country.”

Every day in Canada more than five million kids go to school, with statistics indicating that one in five suffer a mental health problem or illness – from anxiety and depression to severe emotional disorders and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. As such, a typical Canadian classroom can expect to have at least four children who need extra mental health support. At the front of these classes are teachers, who are contending with the stress of helping students who are struggling, while still managing all the other roles and responsibilities laid upon them as professional educators. Research shows that teachers experience burnout at a rate greater than that of the general public workforce.

“As a group benefits provider, we understand the challenges related to mental health in the workplace and are committed to being part of the solution,” said Rob Wesseling, president and CEO of The Co-operators. “Teachers face tremendous pressure and responsibility. They are better able to support their students when their own well-being is taken care of. The Teach Resiliency program provides much-needed resources that will make a difference to teachers and students across Canada.”

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