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UGDSB introducing new grade 7/8 Mental Health Literacy Modules to support student mental health and well-being

For Immediate Release
February 26, 2024

GUELPH, ON – The Upper Grand District School Board will be delivering modules to grade 7/8 students to enhance mental health literacy.   

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Education introduced a series of modules to support the existing mental health literacy expectations within the grades 7 and 8 Health and Physical Education curriculum. It is important to note that this is not new learning; this is a way to enhance the delivery of the existing curriculum and focus on mental health literacy.   

This series includes three 40-minute modules per grade. These modules will be delivered by UGDSB educators to support the existing mental health literacy expectations within Strand D of the Health and Physical Education curriculum.    

The goal of this learning is to help equip students with inclusive, culturally responsive, evidence-informed knowledge, skills, and strategies to support their mental health and well-being. This work aligns with the UGDSB Strategy for Student Mental Health and Well-being, UGDSB Multi-year Plan and supports the board’s commitment to mentally healthy classrooms for all.   

These modules were created after extensive consultation with parents/caregivers, students, cultural and community organizations.   

There are important reasons to bring these modules into the classroom, including: 

An introductory video about these modules is available here.    

The board is committed to the mental health of Upper Grand students. The UGDSB will provide training for all grade 7 and 8 Health and Physical Education staff. It will also provide information about this initiative for parents/caregivers in multiple languages. The UGDSB will be collecting outcome data on student learning and knowledge increase.  

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