Mental Health Education

Mental Health Education in the Faculty of Education at StFX largely follows four pillars of mental health literacy:

  1. To achieve and maintain positive mental health. At StFX this would include the study of topics such as social and emotional learning, resiliency, restorative practices and mindfulness in education.
  2. To understand the signs and symptoms of mental distress and possible mental health disorders.* At StFX this would include the study of topics such as the crisis cycle and trauma-informed practices.
  3. To decrease stigma.
  4. To increase help and health-seeking efficacy.

Additionally, we are guided by social determinants of health research pointing to the powerful intersection of sociological conditions on mental health. We believe Mental Health Education is part of a greater ‘Equity Literacy’ because of the ways in which race, class, and gender for example, are interwoven with mental health. The Disability Rights Movement's slogan "Nothing About Us Without Us" enlivens this idea, reminding us to remain open to the complex nature of mental health.

This program will advance the leadership capabilities of participants to understand and promote Mental Health Education in public schools supporting the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s belief that Mental Health Education is a foundation for successful learning and living. 

 * This graduate degree program is for educators. As such the instructors in the program do not teach therapeutic/counselling approaches or the tools and assessments used for mental health diagnosis.  


Mental Health Cohort 1 (Spring 2014 - Summer 2016)

Mental Health Cohort 2 (Spring 2015 - Summer 2017) Chicgnecto Central Regional School Board

Mental Health Cohort 3 (Summer 2015 - Summer 2017)

Mental Health Cohort 4 (Winter 2016 - Spring 2018) Ottawa Area 

Mental Health Cohort 5 (Summer 2017 - Summer 19)