Mental Health & High School Curriculum Training (Executive Summary Evaluation) – Part 1

The objective of the six-module Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide is to enhance mental health literacy for students and teachers, and a one-day training session is offered to educators who will implement the Curriculum within their classrooms. The training examines the basic concepts of mental health, the epidemiology of mental disorders that typically onset in adolescence and factors associated with stigma. The training also reviews the six modules of the Curriculum, supplementary educational resources and teaching strategies for effectively addressing mental health literacy. The objective of the training is to improve educators’ knowledge of the Curriculum and its contents, increase knowledge regarding mental health and mental health illness, and enhance positive attitudes towards mental illness. This program evaluation report presents the outcome of the Curriculum training delivered to 89 Grade 9 Healthy Living teachers from the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) in January 2012.