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Healthy Minds Week 2021

May 10, 2021 Division Activity, School Activity
WSD Healthy Minds Week 2021

Since 2013, Winnipeg School Division has embarked on our Healthy Minds Initiative to recognize and promote mental health literacy among students, staff, and the community.  

During the week of May 3 to May 7, 2021 WSD will be hosting a variety of mental health and wellness activities for staff, students, and parents.  

Healthy Minds Week is going to look and feel a little different this year. However, we are still pleased to be able to offer a great week where we can learn about and promote mental health and wellness through a number of resources, webinars, tips and activities.

May 3 

Kick Off and Greetings  from Myra Laramee 

Join us as our Divisional Knowledge Keeper brings greetings for the week of events.

On Line Risks and Emerging Trends 

Audience: All Staff  
Hosted by: The Canadian Centre for Child Protection
Time: Live Virtual Presentation at 9:30 am – a recording will be available to view at a later date

With more youth spending time online during the pandemic, there has been an 88% increase in reports to During this session, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection will provide insights into concerning trends seen through operations of - Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children, and provide information about resources designed to help youth build skills that increase their personal safety and reduce their risk of victimization.

WSD Online Risks and Emerging Trends Handout.pdf

May 3 to May 6

What Makes for a Healthy Mind? 

Audience: All Youth ages 12+

Hosted by: NorWest Youth Hub

Healthy Minds Week is May 3 to May 7, but what makes for a healthy mind? We at the NorWest Youth Hub want to hear from YOU! Take a picture of something that you feel contributes to the health of your mind or provides healthy self-care, and send to for a chance to win 1 of 3 $25 gift cards*. Then, join us for an engaging virtual session on Thursday, May 6, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm to see some of the great photos, and our staff will highlight some awesome things we can do to support our mental health. Feel free (and encouraged!) to join with a parent so they can get some good info too.
*Contest open to youth ages 12+. Entries cannot include pictures of people (yourself/other students/siblings/parents/friends etc.). Winners will be notified via their school.

Please include with your email the following information:

  • Name
  • School
  • Photo description (how does this help your mental health/self-care?)
  • Permission for us to share your photo/description in our session & on Youth Hub social media

May 4

Banding Together for our Children and Youth Mental Health: An evening of Hope, Health and Strength for Caregivers 

Audience: Caregivers / Community
Time: Live Virtual Presentation
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Join us for a panel presentation where participants will have an opportunity to learn practical tips and strategies for supporting the mental health of our children and youth. A brief discussion of caregiver wellness will also occur. Participants will be introduced to many mental health and wellness agencies who support children, youth and families in our community. There will also be a question and answer period. 

Panel presentations include: KIDTHINK, Canadian Mental Health Association, Rainbow Resource Centre, Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, NorWest Youth Hub, The Immigrant Centre as well as a school based representative.

Please note that American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of this virtual event will be provided.

Join the Zoom event

WSD Banding Together for Children and Youth Mental Health.pdf

May 4 to May 6

Hugo the Happy Starfish: One Step at a Time

Virtual Reading
Audience: Grades 1 to 3

Staff are available at the following times for the readings:

  • Tuesday, May 4: 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 5: 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 6: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

During Mental Health Week and in honour of May 7th National Child and Youth Mental Health Day, the KIDTHINK clinical staff will be offering a virtual reading of a book called Hugo the Happy Starfish: One Step at a Time. The book is best suited for children Grades 1 to 3 and is about Hugo, a starfish, who is tired of  feeling sad. One day he sets off to find happiness. After much searching, he discovers something that makes his heart do a somersault! Worksheets to go along with the book have been developed to accompany the reading.

Teachers can sign-up their classrooms on the KIDTHINK website at the bottom of the May 7th page.

Hugo the Happy Star Fish.pdf

May 5

Q & A with Rainbow Resource Centre: Dene Guillas - School Equity & Inclusion Coordinator

Audience: All Youth ages 10+
Hosted by: Rainbow Resource Centre
Time: 11:00 am and 4:30 pm

This will be open to youth who would like to connect with the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Come ask Dene some questions and get the opportunity to share in this respectful, affirming space for all! Dene will be sharing some resources and providing some guidance in navigating your school life. May 5 is also National Day of Awareness for MMIWG2S, so we will be raising awareness for this event as well.

Register for the virtual session:

May 6

Mental Health Awareness: An Indigenous Perspective

Audience: All Staff
Hosted by: Vern Dano
Time: 9:00 to 11:30 am – Option for: Live In Person Presentation at Prince Charles Education Resource Centre or Virtual via Microsoft Teams

Participants will gain knowledge of Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being that emphasize balance of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Being mindful of our own well-being, the children we work with, and the greater community will help unify us in times of social distancing. This session will include practical strategies that can be implemented with self, staff, students, families, and community. Register on Employee Connect for either the In Person Session OR the Virtual Session. Limited Spaces available.

Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Youth Through a Pandemic

Audience: All WSD Staff
Hosted by: Rainbow Resource Centre
Time: 1:15 to 2:15 pm

This workshop will explore the impact of COVID-19 on 2SLGBTQ+ youth programming and mental health supports. It will outline barriers to youth and suggestions to increase accessibility of programs and supports. The goal is to share strategies that help schools and organizations engage, create, and maintain healthy and supportive relationships that increase resilience and decrease isolation of youth.

Connect to virtual session (No registration required):

What Makes for a Healthy Mind? DRAW 

Audience: All Youth ages 12+  
Hosted by: NorWest Youth Hub
Time: 5:00 to 6:00 pm

May 7

National Child and Youth Mental Health Day Activities

Several Healthy Minds Week activities will be provided as we Band Together for Children’s Mental Health. 

National Child and Youth Mental Health Day.pdf 

Workbook 2021 Eng Final.pdf

Workbook 2021 Fre Final.pdf

Movement meditation

Audience: Students 12 to 18 years old
Hosted by: Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Get up and get moving! This workshop will be a way for youth to explore body movement in ways to connect to their mental wellness while having fun. Dana (she/her), who is the youth program coordinator at MDAM, will guide you through various exercises that will help participants explore musicality, movement, and dance. No experience is required! All you need is comfortable clothes, space, and water.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 954 9738 4915
Passcode: May7th

For more information about the Healthy Minds Week activities please contact Healthy Minds Specialist Fiona England at

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