To be a visible national voice for teachers
To act as a strong advocate for public education
To bring public attention to the need for all members of school communities to work, learn and live in a safe and healthy environment
To focus public and professional attention on necessary conditions for teaching and learning
To advocate for social justice issues
The statistics regarding youth mental health problems are staggering. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (CMCC), between 15% and 25 % of our children and youth suffer at least one mental health problem or illness. These range from depression and anxiety to eating disorders and substance abuse. Mental disorders represent the most common and disabling condition affecting young people and therefore have major implications for students and schools. The Commission also notes that 70% of mental illnesses in adults have their onset during adolescence or childhood and 70% of childhood cases of mental health problems can be solved through early diagnosis and interventions.
As educators, we must help to eliminate the stigma associated with mental health issues in our schools. That is why the CTF has joined the national network of communities, parents, educators and health care practitioners and is working collaboratively with other partners and groups which share our concerns about mental health issues among youth.
We reaffirmed our support with the Mental Health Commission of Canada in the advocacy of mental health within the youth and workplace populations. As a formal partner in the MHCC’s “Partners for Mental Health” public campaign, CTF is doing work to support teachers in the classroom, who are in a position to help students and colleagues. The issue of stigma is pervasive and must be addressed to ensure the health of our school populations. We’re doing that by:
- Surveying classroom teachers on the issue of mental health.
- Taking an active participatory role and promoting the campaigns that fall under “Partners for Mental Health”.
- Ensuring our voice and presence is visible within Mental Health circles to acknowledge that CTF and its Member organizations are well-placed to provide critical input, information, and research to support youth and teachers.
- Taking an active role in informing teachers, through our Member organizations, on information, links, classroom models, research, resources and links to other classroom experts.
- Playing a supporting role with the School-Based Mental Health and Substance Abuse Consortium, whose mandate is to review the scientific literature, survey education administrators on the issue of mental health, scan models and programs currently in use within classroom and community groups, leading to the development of a Mental Health Commission of Canada Knowledge Exchange Centre.
- Hear My Voice - Our Canada. Our Students. Our Profession. Information for Parliamentarians
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- Child and Youth Mental Health
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- Understanding Teachers' Perspectives on Student Mental Health - Findings from a National Survey
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- The Dalai Lama’s message to future teachers: How to prepare our youth to lead compassionate and ethical lives
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- Mental Health in Schools: How Teachers Have the Power to Make A Difference
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- Canada’s Battle Against Mental Health-Related Stigma and Discrimination: Making a Difference in the Classroom
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- Healthy Minds, Bright Futures. Campaign Will Address Mental Health of Children and Youth
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- Mental Health, Safe & Caring Schools and Teachers
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- Alcohol, Drugs and Other Addictions: New Resources and Advice for Schools
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- Mental Health – The Next Equity Issue?
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