Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide

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  • Personal health practices and coping skills
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  • Social Relationships That Respect Diversity
  • Social Support Networks

Determinants of Health: Personal health practices and coping skills, Education, literacy and life-long learning, Social relationships (including those that respect diversity), Social support networks, Access to health services, Healthy child development

Overview

The curriculum guide provides a complete set of educational tools to increase understanding of mental health and mental disorders among both students and teachers.

Primary Source Document

Dr. Stanley Kutcher (Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health), Yifeng Wei , Challenges and Solutions in the Implementation of the School-Based Pathway to Care Model: The Lessons From Nova Scotia and Beyond Canadian Journal of School Psychology

Contact information of developer(s) and/or implementer(s)

Dr. Stanley Kutcher (Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health Dalhousie University, Department of Psychiatry), Yifeng Wei (Dalhousie University & IWK Health Centre)

Intervention Focus

Intervention Goal / ObjectiveLevel(s) TargetedEquity Focus
To increase the mental health literacy of students.
  • Individual level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.
To increase the mental health literacy of teachers.
  • Organizational level
People living in conditions of disadvantage are not explicitly stated to be a target population of the intervention.

Health Issue(s) that is/are addressed by the Intervention

Health Promotion

  • Mental Health

Risk Reduction

    Specific Activities of the Intervention

    • Training offered in prevention and policy development
    • Curriculum changes in school
    • Educational health information offered
    • Information sessions offered about a risk factor or condition
    • Training offered to deliver the intervention
    • Group process/program
    • Other training session
    • Partnership development
    • Provision of planning tools and evaluation tools

    Priority/Target Population for Intervention Delivery

    Life Stage

    • Youth (age 13-18 years)

    Settings

    Educational Settings

    • Secondary/Middle school

    Community Setting

      N/A

      Outcomes

      Outcomes and Impact Chart
      Level of ImpactDescription of OutcomeEquity Focus
      Individual LevelTo increase the mental health literacy of teachers.Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.
      Organizational LevelTo increase facility/access/use of mental health resources and tools within the school system by students.Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.
      Community LevelTo increase facility/access/use of mental health resources and tools within the community (external to school system) by students.Reported outcomes do not distinguish findings specific to people living in conditions of disadvantage.

      Adaptability

      Implementation History

      • Multiple implementations - Different settings/populations/providers - The intervention showed significant adaptability as it has been implemented in different settings or with different populations or by different provider(s). This can include multiple implementations during the same time period. Each implementation of the intervention must have been substantially the same and must have demonstrated positive results for the primary objectives of the intervention.

      Expertise Required for Implementation within the Context of the Intervention

      • Specialized skills training provided as part of the Intervention - The intervention does not require individuals or groups with highly specialized training, but requires that individuals or groups be trained as part of the implementation of the intervention.

      Are there supports available for implementation

      Yes.

      • S. Kutcher, Y. Wei, A. McLuckie et L. Bullock. « Educator mental health literacy: a programme evaluation of the teacher training education on the mental health & high school curriculum guide » : http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rasm20 (en anglais seulement)
      • McLuckie, Alan, Kutcher, Stan, Wei, Yifeng, Weaver, Cythia. « Sustained Improvements in Students and Teachers’ Mental Health Literacy with use of a Mental Health Curriculum in Canadian Schools ». Présenté aux fins de publication dans le CMAJ.
      • Milin, Robert. « Randomized Controlled Trial of a School-based Mental Health Literacy Intervention for Youth: Impact on knowledge, attitudes and help-seeking efficacy ». Résumé de conference pour la American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. (en anglais seulement)
      • Specify where and when it was replicated (if this information is available):

      • S. Kutcher, Y. Wei, A. McLuckie et L. Bullock : L’intervention a été reproduite dans plusieurs écoles de l’ensemble du Conseil scolaire régional d’Halifax en Nouvelle-Écosse, 2012.
      • McLuckie, Alan, Kutcher, Stan, Wei, Yifeng, Weaver, Cythia : L’intervention a été reproduite dans plusieurs écoles ontariennes, près de Toronto, 2012.
      • Milin, Robert ; écoles secondaires d’Ottawa et du comté de Renfrew, 2011.

      Are there resources and/or products associated with the interventions

      Yes. http://teenmentalhealth.org/