Last updated: May 12, 2023
Looking to infuse wellness into your classroom, school, or school authority all year long? Watch this page for new resources, announcements, and tips for health-related theme days. We've got you covered!
- To find out what's happening in your local area, connect with the health promotion facilitator assigned to your school authority.
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The School Health & Wellness Promotion E-news is an online newsletter sent on behalf of the AHS School Health & Wellness Promotion team.view the May 2023 edition
- e-Mental Health for Youth and Young Adults
- Tools to support the transition out of high school
- Teaching sexual health: Teacher webinars
- Show your SunSense!
- Mental health articles for families
- Supporting gender and sexually diverse students
- Games and activities to implement the Alberta K-6 physical education and wellness curriculum
- HeartSmart SOLVE: Interactive digital learning for grades 7+
Introducing the new AHS program, e-Mental Health for Youth and Young Adults (eMH)
e-Mental Health for Youth and Young Adults (eMH) is a new digital initiative from AHS. We invite mental health providers in high schools across the province to join us in this innovative approach to enhancing mental health care.
The eMH web platform empowers youth to:
- Check-in through mental health questionnaires and communicate what matters to them
- Self-manage using apps and e-tools between sessions
- Track their progress over time & support personalized care unique to their needs
- Access crisis resources when needed
AHS is evaluating the implementation and impact of eMH in improving mental health care in young people (15-24 years old). If you’re school division offers mental health services to your youth in an Alberta high school, we encourage you to learn more about how your site can take part with eMH. Our eMH project team will support you with service-mapping and co-design facilitation, training and ongoing support in using the eMH platform, and opportunities to inform the eMH platform design and analytics.
To get involved, email email@example.com to connect with a member of our team. You can also:
- Get detailed info in the request for expressions of interest
- Review our webpage with information for health professionals
- Watch our 3-minute video: eMH: Youth voice & platform explainer
Tools to support the transition out of high school
With less than 3 months left in the school year, it’s a great time to think about supporting grade 12 students as they transition out of high school. Whether they’re off to post-secondary studies or employment, graduates will face common challenges, like dealing with roommates and paying bills.
Know before you go is a set of tools for grade 12 students and the educators who work with them. Developed by the AHS team behind mentalhealthliteracy.org, these materials are available in both English and French.
- Student tool: Know before you go
- Teacher tool: Know before you go: Teacher's guide
Teaching sexual health: Teacher webinars
Join the team behind TeachingSexualHealth.ca this April and May for a series of virtual workshop series designed to boost your comfort, knowledge, and skills in teaching the Alberta human sexuality curriculum. There’s no obligation to attend each session—register for the ones that work for you.
Browse our session dates and themes. You’ll be glad you did!
Show your SunSense!
SunSense is the Canadian Cancer Society’s national sun safety program for elementary schools. It supports schools to create sun safe spaces by taking practical action on shade, policy, and education. By earning points, your school can work toward different levels of SunSense certification.
Registration for the 2022/23 school year is ongoing. To learn more, go to SunSense.ca or download the SunSense Program Guide.
Mental health articles for families
May is often a month when school communities shine a light on mental health. Whether your school is taking part in national campaigns like Mental Health Week or Alberta events like Hats On! for Mental Health, you can look to Alberta Health Services for quality resources to share with families.
Our May articles offer tips to support child and teen mental health by sparking connections with nature and the outdoors. We encourage you to share them with families through school e-newsletters, blogs, and bulletin boards.
- Edition for families with kids in K-6: Green and serene: Tips to help kids connect with nature
- Edition for families with teens in grades 7–12: Help your teen connect with nature for better mental health
Supporting Gender and Sexually Diverse Students
Learn how you can create safer physical and social spaces in your classroom and school community. PHE Canada has added Journey to 2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion: A Game and Flipping the Script: A pamphlet, to their suite of resources for Supporting Gender and Sexually Diverse Students. These resources will allow you to explore different scenarios, reflect on your own practices, and consider how to reduce or eliminate barriers experienced by the 2SLGBTQ+ community while at school.
Games and Activities to Implement the Alberta K-6 Physical Education and Wellness Curriculum
Aimed at K-6 educators, this new resource from Ever Active Schools has ready-to-go games and activities for teaching the Physical Education and Wellness Curriculum. This resource will get your students’ brains and bodies working while addressing all 8 organizing ideas and associated outcomes.
HeartSmart™ SOLVE: Interactive digital learning for grades 7+
If you’re looking to strengthen tobacco and vaping prevention in your classroom, look no further than HeartSmart™ SOLVE. It’s a new, interactive learning platform from Heart & Stroke. Aimed at building social competencies in students in grades 7-9, HeartSmart™ SOLVE will get students exploring a health-related mystery, weighing the evidence, and testing their knowledge.
To get started, go to hskids/solve. Create a free account to view the educator dashboard.
Mark your calendar
Taking part in health-related days, weeks, or month-long events is a great way to bring your school community together. These events can raise awareness of health topics and kick-start important conversations around wellness at school.
Be sure to connect health-related events back to the priorities, goals, and action plans in place in your school or school authority. Use the comprehensive school health framework to guide activities that are coordinated, meaningful, and likely to last.
- May 29 – June 4: Safe Kids Week
- May 31: World No Tobacco Day
- June: National Indigenous History Month
- June: Pride Month
- June 11 – 14: Wheel Week
- June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day