Mental illness most often begins in adolescence; yet the people who work with teenagers on a daily basis are often unprepared to recognize and understand mental illness. Teacher education programs rarely address mental health literacy, resulting in teacher candidates who are at a disadvantage when they enter the workforce. TeachMentalHealth.org was developed to address this need based on the results of a National Scoping Exercise and input from more than 30 educational institutions and organizations across Canada.
The result is TeachMentalHealth.org; a modular resource that can be used as a cohesive whole or subdivided and incorporated into existing courses, be presented face-to-face or entirely online, and be instructor-led or student-driven. Initial testing has been completed in Nova Scotia, with additional pilots scheduled for Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland in later 2016. This open-source curriculum resource will be available for free use in 2017. Stay up to date at teachmentalhealth.org.