Stigma-Free School Programming - Virtual Toolkits and Mental Health Presentations

The Stigma-Free School Programming - Virtual Toolkits and Mental Health is an interactive and engaging workshop for school counsellors who are interested in valuable mental health resources for their students. In this workshop, participants will learn about the Stigma-Free Society that champions the Student Mental Health Toolkit and the Virtual Stigma-Free Presentations. Attendees will receive an in-depth tour of studentmentalhealthtoolkit.com, which is an online resource for youth, educators, school counsellors and parents/guardians who want to teach and promote mental wellness for Grades 4-7 and 8-12.

The Student Mental Health Toolkit contains Mental Wellness Lesson Plans that align with the B.C. curriculum guidelines, Downloadable Resources on topics such as how to reach out for help and helping a friend that counsellors can use in their work with students, a section on Diverse-ability and Inclusion, engaging and educational animated videos and comics, and MUCH more! This resource is available for free for any school staff who requests registration. The workshop presenters will also explore the Virtual Stigma-Free Presentations program, where presenters visit schools to educate students on the topic of mental health and stigma, as well as share their personal stories about facing stigma and mental health challenges. There will be breakout rooms and a discussion about the challenges that school counsellors have faced in the past year when it comes to the mental health of their students and will have the chance to provide feedback on other resources or tools that are needed. Finally, the presenters will answer any questions that the participants may have.

Target Audience

All

Sessions

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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Presenters

  • Stigma-Free Society
    Andrea Paquette

    Madeleine (Maddie) Clarkson is the Communications and Project Manager for Stigma-Free Society, specifically for the Charity’s new and developing programming. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with a Concentration for Prospective Teachers. Passionate about working with youth, she plans to pursue a career in the fields of psychology and education, and work within the mental health community to help spread awareness and reduce stigma. Maddie has lived experience with mental illness, having been diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder when she was 14 years old. She shares her experiences and strategies for maintaining her mental well-being through her work with the Stigma-Free Society, while developing useful resources for the community. She is very excited to be part of the Stigma-Free Society team and hopes that her contributions will help reduce stigma around mental illness, especially for young people like herself.

  • Stigma-Free Society
    Madeline Clarkson

    Madeleine (Maddie) Clarkson is the Communications and Project Manager for Stigma-Free Society, specifically for the Charity’s new and developing programming. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with a Concentration for Prospective Teachers. Passionate about working with youth, she plans to pursue a career in the fields of psychology and education, and work within the mental health community to help spread awareness and reduce stigma. Maddie has lived experience with mental illness, having been diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder when she was 14 years old. She shares her experiences and strategies for maintaining her mental well-being through her work with the Stigma-Free Society, while developing useful resources for the community. She is very excited to be part of the Stigma-Free Society team and hopes that her contributions will help reduce stigma around mental illness, especially for young people like herself.