UGDSB introduces new Grade 7, 8 mental health literacy modules

GUELPH – The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) will be delivering modules to Grade 7 and 8 students to enhance mental health literacy.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Education introduced a series of modules to support the existing mental health literacy expectations within the Grades 7 and 8 health and physical education curriculum. 

It is important to note that this is not new learning; this is a way to enhance the delivery of the existing curriculum and focus on mental health literacy.

The series includes three 40-minute modules per grade. 

The goal of this learning is to help equip students with inclusive, culturally responsive, evidence-informed knowledge, skills, and strategies to support their mental health and well-being. 

The modules were created after extensive consultation with parents/caregivers, students, cultural and community organizations.

There are important reasons to bring these modules into the classroom, including:

– supporting student’s desire to learn more about mental health at school;

– helping students develop skills that support positive mental health; and

  encourage conversations and help students in need reach support.    

Mental health learning supports learning in all other areas. 

The UGDSB will provide training for all Grade 7 and 8 health and physical education staff. 

It will also provide information about this initiative for parents/caregivers in multiple languages. 

The UGDSB will be collecting outcome data on student learning and knowledge increase.

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