Training aims to boost mental health literacy in high schools

By Sarah Deeth

Mental Health School LiteracyThe area’s two school boards are participating in a pilot program aimed at increasing mental health awareness among teachers and students at local high schools.

The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board have each committed to sending staff to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby next week to participate in a training program focused on mental illness in teens.

Deanna Swift, a psychologist (supervised practice) with the public board, explained that the program is designed to educate both students and staff about mental health issues, or increase what Swift calls “mental health literacy.

Full story at The Peterborough Examiner