What is Mental Health?
The World Health Organization defines mental health as a "state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."(World Health Organization)
Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness. It is sense of emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being that enables us to meet the opportunities and challenges of life with a sense of confidence and hope.
Mental Health: Finding a Shared Language: https://youtu.be/KIswi_4yRaE
This CAMH video explains the separate but interconnected concepts of mental health and mental illness, as well as what it means to 'promote mental health', in ourselves, in our schools, and in our communities.
At LDCSB we support student mental health and well-being by building capacity to:
- Promote positive mental health for all students
- Reduce stigma
- Build student social-emotional learning skills
- Identify students who may be experiencing mental health problems
- Build pathways to care and support services in the community
(Supporting Minds, 2013)