Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools
Strategies and Activities for Happy and Successful Learners
Aimed at improving children’s social, emotional, behavioural, and academic functioning, Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools provides students at the elementary level with practical, everyday strategies to combat stress, anxiety, and depression. Comprised of 16 sessions, this curriculum-based program demonstrates the universal need for policy-oriented approaches to school-based mental health. A number of components are integrated throughout, including: emotional regulation and expression; mindfulness and metacognition; the link between thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations; acceptance and self-compassion; goal-directed behaviours; problem solving; and conflict resolution.
With guided instruction, sections on personal reflection, and group activity exercises, this essential resource equips children with tools to develop improved attention, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility, strengthen their social skills, and enhance their academic performance.
“How wonderful to see the child’s emotional development finally play a prominent role in the framework of classroom learning. Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools is a pedagogical treasure box filled with visually appealing and age-appropriate activities that will ease and encourage young students to consider their thoughts and feelings in a variety of contexts. Through thoughtfully developed exercises, students will have the opportunity to adopt self-regulatory strategies that will help them to take ownership of their learning, in the classroom and beyond.”— Yasmine Ghandour, Founder and General Director, Orchard House–Centre for Early Childhood Development