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Positive Mental Health – Research Mapping Pilot Project

July 25th, 2014

This post is a summary of a pilot project that I’ve being working on for the past year. The project is designed to enable high school students to take a more active role as positive mental health change agents within their school.

I’m posting a description of the model so I can receive feedback and to possibly stir the interest of school boards or non-profit organizations.

In many respects, the project is a school to work initiative. Students working together on a difficult and complex problem learn from those affected by the problem and then share their learnings and recommendations with the larger school community. The skills learned and practiced in  the project are the same skills necessary for the workplace and 21st century jobs. (PDF)

As I created the model, I consulted with quite a few local Executive Directors and Managers of community based organizations that serve young people, in and out of school. Their comments were very encouraging and helpful. You can download this post by clicking here. Positive Mental Health – Research Mapping Project

Excerpts from the 2010 Annual Children’s Mental Health Ontario Conference – Leadership in Times of Challenge – Child and Youth Mental Health in Ontario

Mental health and substance abuse issues are critical for school systems. A paramount concern is that mental health disorders and difficulties are closely associated with declining academic performance and poor graduation rates.

“Are you waiting for things to return to normal in your organization? Sorry. Leadership will require new skills tailored to an environment of urgency, high stakes, and uncertainty”

A-New-Approach

My Background:

For many years, I’ve been managing and designing youth and community development projects. Mental illness, has been a predominant factor affecting positive and healthy development of many of the individuals served by these projects. Also, I serve as a Director on two non-profit Boards that provide programming for youth with mental health concerns and I’m a founding member of the Talking About Addiction & Mental Illness Coalition, a Regional cross sector Coalition that addresses youth mental health and addictions issues with students in our local school system.

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Collaboration in the Workplace, PKM, social learning