The Alberta Teachers' Association and Canadian Mental Health Association created this booklet to help teachers understand mental health, mental illness, and how they can help their students, colleagues and themselves. Learn how to develop more compassionate classrooms, schools and communities by changing how we look at mental health and mental illness and school culture.
This document about fear and survival mechanisms contains: an overview of internal states during fear, related brain systems and impact of fear, external cues and classroom strategies to engage students at each stage.
This resource from Islamic Social Services and the National Council of Canadian Muslims provides background about what some Muslim refugees may be experiencing as well as guidance for teachers and others working in education.
The Language of Trauma and Loss provides teachers with information about the effect of trauma and loss on children, and the teacher’s role in identifying and referring appropriate students. There are videos for elementary, middle school and secondary use as well as teaching guides.
This resource provides guidance on responding to disaster, violence, or terrorism events using the Psychological First Aid intervention. This version gives educators practical assistance to meet immediate needs and concerns, reduce distress, and foster adaptive coping in the wake of a disaster.
Find resources that describe the special considerations for the mental health and care of refugees with trauma. The guide for schools includes considerations for: school, classroom, individual and family.
This guide for teachers discusses how recognizing the signs of trauma and providing reassurance can help kids rebound from traumatic events. The guide includes: Tips for Talking to Kids About Trauma and Emotional Support for Teachers.
This article provides strategies to help upper elementary and middle school kids who have experienced trauma understand and control their emotions. Learn how you can use a garden of well-being with students.