St. FX University played a key role in developing a new online course aimed at expanding mental health literacy among students studying to be teachers. St. FX Education professor Chris Gilham was among a group of university scholars that designed the free course. Gilham says there are seven modules in the course, covering a variety of topics.
Gilham says the program was developed after a national scan of university education programs found there were few courses on mental health literacy. Working teachers also reported they didn’t have the knowledge base needed for children who displayed mental health problems or signs or symptoms of a mental disorder. The program is led by teen-mental-health-dot-org, with participation by St. FX, UBC and Western University.
PC Leadership Candidate and Pictou East MLA Tim Houston says addictions and mental
Pictou East MLA Tim Houston
health needs a higher priority in health care. Houston says if he becomes party leader, he would advocate for a separate ministry for addictions and mental health.
If he becomes premier, Houston says existing costs for mental health and addictions, currently standing at more than 200-million dollars would be transferred from Health to the new department. He says additional funding would also be provided for research on solutions-based programs that will include measurements of outcomes.
School board officials are gathering in Antigonish this weekend for an AGM. The Nova Scotia School Board Association is holding their annual meeting in the town, which is hosted by the Strait Regional School Board.
Hank Middleton is the President for the NSSBA. He says the keynote address is particularly important, given the topic around mental health. Middleton says mental health concerns within schools is a topic of focus this weekend:
The keynote speaker is Dr. Stan Kutcher, a renowned expert in adolescent mental health.