Compiled by Greg Mountenay for Teacher Candidates (Prof 155/150) September 2011
Why Should I Care About Mental Health?
We will see so many children for a constant period of 10 months every year. We are on the front line for
identification and assistance in the realm of Mental Health. If we are not aware of who is in our
classroom how can we teach them? Understanding Mental Illness is a key factor in the success of a
teacher. Take some time, look at what you are interested in and keep the references for use later on.
No matter where you teach, you will have students with Mental Health illnesses. Will you be the
teacher that doesn't care, or the one that understands and is ready to MAKE A DIFFERENCE? I hope this
is helpful! (I've also attempted to note, where possible, the resources that are in both English and
McGuinty Liberal promise to put $257 million into programs for Ontario's 50,000 youth with
Mental Health issues. Check out the news story:
If I look at only ONE resource what should I look at?
Differentiated Instruction, Assessment and Understanding Mental Illness
This site has an interactive overview on all (or a vast majority) of mental health illnesses. This project,
done at UBC, has an overview, personal stories, and documentaries on everything from anxiety to
depression to Behaviour Disorders and Psychosis. It is worth taking even a quick look at.