Mental Wellness Hub
Supporting Positive Mental Health Promotion in Saanich School District
November 2022 Opportunities
For Parents and Caregivers
BC Children's Hospital and Healthy Minds Learning have created an 8-module online course for caregivers called "Rolling with ADHD." From their website: "Rolling with ADHD is an eight module series that covers practical tools and strategies for caregivers of children with ADHD. This series has been adapted from the long standing in-person program at BC Children’s Hospital, and includes what research show really works for kids and families living with ADHD."
For more info and to register, click here.
Family Smart offers a monthly learning series for parents called "In the Know." All Online events are facilitated by FamilySmart Parent Peer Support Workers.
Saanich Neighbourhood Place is back to offering in-person programs to support parents and youth, including their SAFER program for parents, offering education and support group for parents of trans and non binary youth. Contact Family@snplace.org for more information or visit the SNP website for other programs.
See parents/resources section for more information
The Saanich Peninsula Youth Clinic is open every Thursday from 5:30-7:30PM. The clinic is an opportunity for youth aged 12-24 to meet with a doctor or counsellor for physical, mental or sexual health support. Services are 100% free and confidential. Located at 2A-2379 Bevan Avenue, Sidney. Call 250-656-4143, press 4, then 5. IG: @saanichpeninsulayouthclinic
Foundry Victoria Youth Clinic and Foundry's virtual services offer drop-in and scheduled counselling and peer support, primary care, employment support and groups for young people aged 12-24 and their caregivers across B.C. No referrals are required and all services are free and confidential. If seeking access to physicians / nursing / counseling / outreach and peer support, call 250-383-3552. Booking for the day begins at 10:30 am by telephone. See social media for updates and changes, and check out the Foundry app to support virtual appointments. Their Pathfinder service can also help you find the right support or resource.
Wanting to manage your screen time or technology use better? Finding Balance with Technology is a group for youth aged 12-17 which aims to have a facilitated discussion about some of the benefits and potential drawbacks of tech use, so group members can begin to make conscious decisions and build a healthy life for themselves. The group is facilitated by two psychology graduates with lived experience, and supervised by Shannon Husk, RCC. Read more about the group here or register here.
See students resources section for more information.
Learn Mental Health Literacy - This FREE online self-paced resource offered through UBC helps teachers learn about mental health and mental illness, and course resources can be used to support discussions in your classrooms.
ABCs of Youth Substance Use - Curated classroom resources about substance use, a professional learning community, and webinars and learning opportunities planned soon.
Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE). EASE is a free self-paced professional development course designed to help educators in BC teach K–12 students effective everyday anxiety management skills There are two online courses available: one for grades K–7 and the other for grades 8–12.
WellBeing BC is a site created in part by funding from the BC Ministry of Education to support Social-Emotional Learning, Mental Health Literacy, and Trauma-Informed Approaches in schools.
Staff Well-Being Community of Practice. Learn more here.
K-12 Staff Well-Being Hub. Learn more here.
Cultures Connecting - Addressing Race Relations in the 21st Century
Visit our monthly staff snapshots here
Canadian Centre for Child Protection - ongoing training opportunities
The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative website has a wealth of video and text resources to help educators and schools understand "why trauma informed?" and guide the strengthening of TI practices.
See staff resources section for more information.
British Columbia is currently under two public health emergencies; the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Opioid crisis. To learn more and to access resources and supports, click on the resource tab above, and visit the respective links.
Please also visit the Saanich School District website to see Monthly Snapshots