Classroom-based Curriculum for Building Mental Health Literacy

Mental health literacy—the foundation for mental health promotion, prevention, and care—can be developed through classroom-based curriculum implementation that has been scientifically shown to improve mental health–related outcomes for students—and for teachers. 

The University of British Columbia offers an online course for teachers who want to build their mental health literacy and a course to help educators apply an online mental health curriculum resource for students aged 12–19.

The online, self-paced course for teachers includes seven modules: (1) Introduction & Background; (2) Stigma & Mental Health; (3) Human Brain Development; (4) Understanding Mental Health, Mental Illness & Related Issues in Young People; (5) What Is Treatment? (6) Seeking Help & Providing Support; (7) Caring for Students & Ourselves. Preservice and current teachers can take the seven-module course in its entirety, or they can simply choose the modules they are most interested in. Faculties of Education can also use the resources to support their courses and/or discussions on mental health in the same way. Participation in the online course is free; an optional certificate of completion is $50.

A Canadian-developed, nationally and internationally researched resource, the Mental Health Curriculum Guide, is also available online. In the professional course, educators learn how to apply this classroom-ready, web-based modular mental health curriculum resource as they develop their own mental health literacy. Educators can then use this resource in regular classrooms to successfully address mental health–related curriculum outcomes for students aged 12–19. 

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