May your Days be Merry and Bright Mental Wellness Tips for the Holiday Season!
It’s that time of year where sleigh bells ring, children sing and there’s that extra bit of magic in the air. For most families, the holiday season is fun and exciting time. Parents and kids alike have a break to visit with family and friends, celebrate special traditions and take in festive activities. But for some, it can be a source of unwanted stress. Dr. Susan Baer, a psychiatrist with BC Children’s Hospital, shares the following tips to ease stress during the holiday season:
- Keep up with routines and structure: try to keep up with healthy meals and regular sleep routines.
- Avoid over-scheduling: plan ahead to ensure you leave time to relax during the holidays.
- Plan ahead: identify situations that may be stressful for your child or youth. Try discussing it with them and think of solutions together that will ease their stress.
- Keep active and get outdoors: get fresh air and go for regular walks/hikes.
- Spend time together as a family: plan activities you can enjoy together.
- Take care of yourself: ease your own stress by taking time for yourself or practicing mindfulness.
For more information see: Kelty Mental Health
Healthy Schools – Healthy Students encompasses many facets in our schools and communities. Please choose the links to the right to learn what these programs offer our students.
School District No. 27 is both an urban and rural school district where our students are our highest priority. The “Big Ideas” of Healthy Schools include:
- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Healthy Eating
- Physical Health
- Injury Prevention
- Health Literacy
- Sexual Health
- Gender Diversity
Health Promoting Schools embraces the Comprehensive School Health approach. Comprehensive School Health is an internationally recognized framework for supporting improvements in students’ educational outcomes while addressing health in a planned, integrated and holistic way. Comprehensive School Health encompasses the whole school environment with actions that address four interrelated areas of focus or pillars. These pillars are: Teaching & Learning, Social and Physical Environment, Healthy School Policy, and Partnerships & Services. The framework is based on research that shows that health and education are interdependent.
Healthy students are better learners, and better educated students are healthier!
- To plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate programs, policies and environments that support health and embrace a Comprehensive School Health approach;
- To build capacity of schools through evidence-based practices that inform health promotion knowledge, planning and action;
- To help schools identify health goals and develop action plans to achieve those goals;
- To establish and maintain a positive partnership with community, regional and provincial organizations that align with District Health Promoting goals.
- Provide evidence-based programs, approaches and resources;
- Provide one-on-one support for teachers & staff delivering health-related curriculum;
- Facilitate workshops and in-services on healthy eating, gender & sexual diversity, and other topics;
- Assist with training and implementing new Food & Beverage Sales Guidelines for Schools;
- Assist with developing healthy fundraising programs;
- Assist administrators & teachers to conduct Healthy Schools Assessments to determine where students/classes are at and identify priorities for healthy living;
- Assist schools to form Healthy School Committees/Action Teams;
- Present to PACs/parents on healthy eating topics;
- Assist schools with developing and implementing evidenced-based tobacco policies (including e-cigarettes);
- Assist with applications for funding for health-related activities;
- Connect schools to other local, regional and provincial health professionals & organizations – Tobacco Reductions Specialists, Nutritionists, Public Health Nurses, Gambling Reduction Coordinatiors, Drug & Alcohol Outreach Workers, Interior Health, Options for Sexual Health, etc.
Last year, School District No. 27 was privileged to receive a School Connectedness Grant which allowed us the wonderful opportunity to share in video form what we have been doing at the district and school levels to promote a sense of belonging and to connect health initiatives to our school plans. You can check out our video below and can also view success stories from other districts at www.healthyschoolsbc.ca/schoolconnectedness.