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WSD Healthy Minds

​Since 2013, the Winnipeg School Division has embarked on a Healthy Minds Initiative to recognize and promote mental health literacy among our students, staff, and community. In our continuing divisional efforts to facilitate awareness and recognize the importance of positive mental health in our school communities, WSD has aligned with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s national Mental Health Week.

During the week of May 1-8, 2017; WSD will host a variety of mental health promotion activities and events, listed on this webpage, for staff, students, and parents.

Healthy Minds Week May 1-8

Monday, May 1 

Opening Ceremonies & Gallery Walk Display
RB Russell School (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Join WSD for the official opening ceremonies to Healthy Minds Week 2017. A formal presentation in the school theatre, including invited guest speakers and performers, will help us kick off our week of events. Following the opening ceremonies, join us in the RB Russell gymnasium to explore the various displays from divisional schools and programs showcasing how they support positive mental health. Snacks will be available. All are welcome!  
Register with Cherie Waterman at cwaterman@wsd1.org
For further information contact Jón Olafson at jolafson@wsd1.org

Tuesday, May 2

Orange Daisy Project Presentation: WSD Launch
Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (Grade 11 and 12 students at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.)
Orange Daisy Project is a social action campaign in support of mental health for teen girls and young women, raising awareness, and building community.
www.orangedaisyproject.com
For further information contact Fiona England at fengland@wsd1.org

Thursday, May 4

Orange Daisy Project Presentation: WSD Launch
École Secondaire Kelvin High School (10:05 - 11:05 a.m.)

Orange Daisy Project is a social action campaign in support of mental health for teen girls and young women, raising awareness, and building community.
www.orangedaisyproject.com
For further information contact Fiona England at fengland@wsd1.org


Friday, May 5

Winnipeg Police Service Youth Wellness Conference
Tec Voc High School (9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
WSD junior high students and staff will be invited to learn and explore issues of wellness and personal safety. Guest speakers will facilitate various sessions to enhance learning around these fundamental topics.
For further information contact lbryce@winnipeg.ca

Monday, May 8

Dr. Joseph Gone (University of Michigan)
Mental Health in Indigenous Youth: Developing Cultural Competency to Inform Best Practices
Canadian Museum for Human Rights (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
A learning opportunity for school staff and community health colleagues who work with Indigenous youth. Dr. Gone is a Professor of Psychology and American Culture at the University of Michigan. He examines cultural influences on mental health, as well as the intersection of evidence-based practice and cultural competence in mental health services.
www.gonetowar.com
Register with Sharon Taylor at shtaylor@wsd1.org
($125 conference fee)

POP UP EVENTS!

FRIENDSHIP BENCH CROSS CANADA TOUR

Thursday, May 4 AM
Grant Park High School  
5 high schools in 5 provinces in 5 days
www.thefriendshipbench.org

TREE OF LIFE PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOPS

JB Mitchell School - May 1
Wolsely School - May 1
Hugh John Mcdonald School - May 5 and 15
Machray School - May 18
Shaughnessy Park School Date - TBA
The Social Work Department of Clinical Support Services will be facilitating “Tree of Life” workshops at various schools for WSD students and families. The Tree of Life workshop is a group program designed by David Denborough and Ncazelo Ncube (2008) with the goal of promoting strong and empowered families.
The Tree of Life workshop invites caregivers and their children to work together on an art project while discussing individual, family, and community strengths.
The workshops are intended to be fun and uplifting.
For further information contact Jennifer Curtis-Klein at jcurtis@wsd1.org or 204-786-7841 Ext. 204

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