Course Description

Public and private school educators are often the frontline responders to growing mental health needs among children and youth:   

  • Since the pandemic began, rates of psychological distress among young people have increased. 39% of students feel the pandemic negatively affected their mental health "very much" or "extremely."

  • 1.2 million children and youth are affected by a mental illness, but less than one-third connect with a mental health professional.  

  • Studies in Canada indicate a $6-$16 return per $1 invested in school mental health. Investments in school mental health also yield cost savings in other sectors like health and justice.  

  • Research shows supporting mental needs through early intervention is associated with social, emotional and academic student success.     

*Source: Student Mental Health Ontario 

About the Mental Health Skills for Educators micro-credentials 

This series of micro credentials equips educators and those who work with children with much needed tools to support young people experiencing mental health challenges. 

You will develop new skills, practices, and ideas for supporting positive student mental health from a proactive and preventative perspective. 

Each of the seven micro credentials in this series prepares you to support children and youth experiencing the most common and serious mental illnesses and disorders. 


About the Mood Disorders in Children and Youth Module 

Mood disorders (like depression) are one of the most common types of mental health challenges experienced by children and youth. This skills-based micro-credential covers three topics:

  • The Fundamentals of Mood Disorders 
  • Responding to Distress 
  • Building Support and Skills 

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the micro-credential, participants will: 

  • Recognize mental health challenges and behavioural warning signs related to mood disorders.   

  • Learn to teach the proactive skills and competencies to support your students’ well-being and awareness of mood disorders from mental health and education experts. 

  • Participate in discussion and idea exchange with other teachers, workers, and childcare professionals to discover how to apply preventative mental health approaches to your classroom. 

  • Engage in video analysis and case studies for applied practice and learning and take-away resources to continuously apply your learning. 

  • Join our supportive community of hundreds of educators and youth mental health advocates who have already received their credentials. 

Participants are required to complete the content within four weeks from the start date. Typically, this micro-credential can be completed in less than 15 hours.





Refund Policy

  • Up to 10 days before the start of course: Full refund less 15% administrative fee. 
  • One to nine days before start of course: Full refund less 30% administrative fee. 
  • No refunds will be issued as of the first day of the course. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Mental Health Skills for Educators: Mood Disorders in Children and Youth
Sep 30, 2024 to Oct 27, 2024
Total Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee non-credit $175.00
Section Notes
Instructor - Carolyn Fitzgerald, Ph.D, Wilfrid Laurier University
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