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 Anxiety in Children and Youth Module
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns among children. Since the pandemic, rates of anxiety experienced by children and youth are on the rise. This skills-based micro-credential covers three topics:
- The Fundamentals of Anxiety Disorders
- Responding to Distress
- Building Support and Skills
By the end of the micro-credential, participants will:
Recognize mental health challenges related to anxiety and how to best support children and youth experiencing anxiety.
Determine how to differentiate between normal fluctuations in behaviour and signs of more serious issues.
Learn to identify anxiety and teach children and youth the proactive skills and competencies needed to support mental health and well-being 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.
- 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
- Mental Health Skills for Educators: Children and Youth : Mental Health Skills for Educators