Andrea Paquette, President and Co-Founder of the Stigma-Free Society Stigma-Free Youth Mental Wellness Toolkits for Schools

The Charity is best known for the Stigma-Free Zone School Program and Children's Mental Health Program that have been offered for 10+ years across British Columbia. The Charity has delivered program presentations across Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland and parts of Northern British Columbia.

The Society created its first and very successful 'Stigma-Free Youth Mental Wellness Toolkit' in the face of COVID-19 during April, 2020.

The Mental Wellness Toolkit is a useful resource for school counsellors and educators, who work with young students, whether at school, or in a virtual environment. The resource has various sections that range from Coping w/ Mental Health During COVID-19, Inspiring Stories, Video Library, Facebook Live Events offered by an RCC, psychologist and Surrey School District Youth Counsellor. The Toolkit was designed alongside these professionals and more. The Toolkit's educational goals include a strong focus on mental wellness tools and students are encouraged to ask for help, learn about how to combat bullying and participate in learning activities. There are a number of downloadable resources such as '10 Tips to Managing Anxiety' to dozens of 'True and False' about COVID-19. These resources are ideal for school counsellors as they offer valuable materials to spark conversations with their students.

The Stigma-Free Society also has a new upcoming 'General Mental Health Toolkit' that is designed for Educators in schools and will also be useful for school counselors. This presentation will include a sneak peek into the new Toolkit as it will only be piloted in one School District during this time.

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