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The Summit: A PSD Youth Project to Enhance Wellness and Reduce Stigma

Background

This past November, Parkland School Division sent four Blueberry students to attend the Headstrong Summit in Ottawa, where they learned about the impact mental illness can have, and how they can take steps to eliminate the negative stigma associated with mental illness.

To help these students spread the word and share what they have learned, PSD has partnered with the RBC Children's Mental Health Foundation to create a unique learning opportunity to share protective and proactive wellness strategies with students throughout the Division using student voice and leadership. This event is The Summit: A PSD Youth Project to Enhance Wellness and Reduce Stigma.

About The Summit

A total of 320 PSD students in Grades 9-12 will attend the four full-day Summit events held at the Centre for Education on April 28, 29, 30 and May 1.

Leading up to The Summit, these students will:

  • Engage in an interactive presentation with the Headstrong Ottawa Delegation

  • Create videos that showcase how they can use health promotion strategies learned in school to support their mental health

  • Work with a teacher to discuss how they can use what they've learned to prepare for Mental Health Week 2015 and spread the word using social media

The ultimate goal of the Summit is to enable these students to teach others - family, friends and community members - about mental health, and help eliminate the negative stigma associated with mental illness.

For a preview of what to expect at The Summit, watch the Ottawa Headstrong Summit video below:

For more information contact:
Felicia Ochs
Youth Resiliency Coordinator - Learning Services
Phone: 780-963-8465
Email: fmochs@psd70.ab.ca