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Mental Illness In The Classroom

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Kayla Bussoli

on 6 February 2015

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What Causes Mental Illness?
Multiple factors can cause mental illness including:
Heredity and genetic factors
Environmental factors
Physiological, emotional or physical abuse, especially in a persons childhood
Social or cultural expectations

Bipolar Disorder
Mood disorder
Feelings of depression and episodes of mania
Symptoms of mania may include:
extreme optimism
rapid, racing thoughts
decreased need for sleep
increased irritability

(Canadian Mental Health Association)

What Can We Do As Future Educators?
92% of teachers reported having to deal with mental health problems in the classroom
Learn more about mental health issues so you have a better idea of what to expect and how you can help
Mental illness affects individuals differently. Ask how you can help.
Learn more about support services available through your school, division, provincial and municipal health services, or community organizations.

Ways To Help End The Stigma
Stigma is the biggest barrier to individuals going to get counseling
Motto of #ENDTHESTIGMA: “We don’t all struggle with a mental illness, but we all have mental health."
Bell Let's Talk
Be educated
Be kind
Listen and Ask
Talk about it
Feelings of severe despair over an extended period of time
constant sadness
dark or suicidal thoughts
low energy
psycho motor impairment
insomnia or hypersomnia
change in appetite
difficulty making decisions

Places To Get Help
(Canadian Mental Health Association)
Mental Health For Teachers
Mental Health Awareness Video

-McMahon, T. (2015, January). Inside Your Teenager’s Scary Brain. MacLean's.
-Regan, K. (2009, May). Improving The Way We Think About Students With Emotional and Behavioural Disorders. Teaching Exceptional Children.
-Tilston-Jones, T. (2013, April). Mental Health Promotion In Education Communities. MASS Journal.

Psychotic Disorder
Affects an individual’s ability to determine what is reality and what is not
-Can affect anyone
Usually starts to affect people in the teen years
Symptoms of schizophrenia include:
social withdrawal
disturbed thinking

(Canadian Mental Health Association)

What has already been done?
Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) and the Seven Oaks School Division (SOSD) partnered with the WRHA to develop strategies to promote mental health and well-being in our school communities
Both divisions implemented "mental health promotion capacity-building workshops" and arranged Mental Health First Aid® training opportunities for staff
LRSD also adapted the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health & High School – Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness® curriculum.
Implemented in all Grade 9 and 10 classrooms

(Mass Journal)

What is Mental Illness?
Health problems that affect the way we think about ourselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around us.
Affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
Can disrupt a person’s life or create challenges, but with the right supports, a person can get back on a path to recovery and wellness
Typically treated with a combination of medication and counseling
Types of Mental Illness
Anxiety Disorders
Mood Disorders
Eating Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Personality Disorders
Childhood Disorders
Usually periods of wellness between episodes of depression or mania
Episodes generally last for a period of time, though some individuals may experience episodes that change quickly
The frequency and type of episode can vary
After an episode, signs can continue for some time
They may feel restless, withdraw from others, or have difficulty concentrating
Mood Disorders
Affect a person’s mood for long periods of time
Depression and bipolar disorder
Psychotic Disorders
Affects how people understand what is real and what isn’t real
Mental Health Education For Families
204-982-6100 or visit www.winnipeg.cmha.ca

Manitoba Schizophrenia Society Family Support Group
Fourth Tuesday of every month from 7 pm - 9 pm
Contact 204-786-1616

Eight Stages of Healing

Family and Friends
Weekly on Wednesday evenings 7pm - 9pm at 100-4 Fort St.

S.P.E.A.K. Suicide Prevention Education Awareness Knowledge
204-784-4064 or visit www.klinic.mb.ca/speak.htm

U of W Health Services
Health & Wellness Centre – 2nd floor, UNITED Health & Recplex

Klinic on Campus - Sparling Hall

Aboriginal Student Services –Lockhart Hall-2nd floor - 2L01B
Four Elders in Residence
Wednesday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

If you would like to explore any of these services please contact:

Student Intake & Conduct Manager
Jill Hodgson-McConnell, BSW, RSW
Provides a complete set of educational tools to increase understanding of mental health and mental disorders among both students and teachers
Teachers training materials are provided for free but the complete manual may be purchased from teenmentalhealth.org

(Canadian Mental Health Association)
Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide
As teachers, we need to be aware of our own mental health. Some things we can do:


By law, workplaces have to try to look at reasonable accommodations for anyone who experiences a disability, including mental illness

(Canadian Mental Health Association)
20% of Canadians will experience a mental illness during their life
Mental illness can effect anyone of any age, race and gender
Youth is the largest demographic that struggles with mental illness, it is estimated that 10-20% of youth struggle with a mental illness
The number of 12-19 year olds who are at risk for developing depression is 3.2 million. But, when depression is treated, there is a 80% chance of a full recovery
Suicide accounts for 24% of death between 15-24 year olds and is the second leading cause of death in youth.
49% of people who struggle with depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about their problem.
In Canada, only 1 in 5 children who need mental health services receive them
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