Welcome!

News Feed Item

New Report Reveals Teachers Ill-Equipped to Address Mental Health Issues in the Classroom

Canadians look to teachers to recognize students struggling with a mental health issue, but are concerned that they are inadequately prepared to help

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/14 -- Today, Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) released two reports that highlight a wide gap between Canadians' expectations of teachers and the preparation and education that new teachers receive when it comes to student mental health and resiliency.

The first report, "Mental Health Education in Canada: An Analysis of Teacher Education and Provincial/Territorial Curricula" is an analysis of teacher pre-service mental health courses in Canada, a review of provincial and territorial curricula on mental health, and findings of focus groups with teachers, principals, parents, and youth on mental health education. This report is accompanied by findings of a national survey of Canadians entitled, "The Responsibility to Promote Resiliency: Public Perspectives on Mental Health Education and the Canadian School System."

"We are incredibly fortunate to have such high quality teachers and schools in Canada," said Chris Jones, Executive Director and CEO of Physical and Health Education Canada. "Canadians look to teachers to provide support for those students who may be struggling with a mental health issue. But as this research indicates, teachers need to be equipped with mental health and wellness education during their early academic and in-service preparation so they are ready to better assist our children in the classroom."

With one in five youth under the age of 18 suffering from at least one mental health issue, a teacher can expect to have at least four students in need of extra mental health supports in their classroom each year. But research released today shows that teachers receive little education on how to best support these students while also promoting the positive mental health of their classmates.

Mental Health in the Classroom

According to the findings of "Mental Health Education in Canada: An Analysis of Teacher Education and Provincial/Territorial Curricula", teacher education programs in the country provide little by way of teacher introduction to positive mental health education or resiliency development for either themselves or students.

The research was led by Dr. Susan Rodger, Director of the School-Based Centre for Mental Health at Western University in London, Ontario.

"In Canada's teacher education programs, we identified that of the 213 courses offering some form of positive mental health education, only two met each of four preferred criteria determined by our researchers," said Rodger. "This is creating a discrepancy between what is offered to teachers as education and what is required by them in the classroom."

In follow up to these findings, the research team conducted focus groups with stakeholders in the education system, including teachers, parents and principals. Comments echoed the findings above, with teachers feeling not fully prepared during their pre-service education, a sense of job and boundary confusion, and stress as they struggle to help their students.

Canadians Look to Teachers to Help

Physical and Health Education Canada also released today a national survey by Ipsos Reid to better understand how Canadians perceive the mental health challenges facing children and youth, as well as teachers, principals and the education system.

A key revelation in this work shows that Canadians look to teachers almost as much as the family doctor to recognize when a student may be struggling with a mental health issue. While 86 per cent of Canadians believe family doctors are responsible for recognizing that a young person may be facing a mental health issue, 84 per cent of Canadians believe teachers have a responsibility as well.

Yet, while Canadians look to teachers to recognize a student struggling with a mental health issue, only 38 per cent of Canadians believe that teachers are adequately prepared to help. Similarly, when parents are asked whether their child's school is doing enough when it comes to students' mental health, only 45 per cent agree.

Working Together for a Solution

In light of these findings, Physical and Health Education Canada has developed five key recommendations:


1.  All teacher candidates should be required to take at least one course
    that teaches skills and strategies to foster positive mental health and
    resiliency among students.
2.  Ensure that classroom/behaviour management courses in teacher education
    address and reflect proactive resiliency-oriented strategies.
3.  Provide mental health education in-service opportunities to ensure
    existing teachers are up-to-date on the latest strategies for promoting
    positive mental health and resiliency.
4.  Provincial curricula should identify positive mental health and
    resiliency outcomes for health education.
5.  Positive mental health and resiliency outcomes should be present in all
    grades from kindergarten to grade 12.

"We know that students are struggling and that teachers are struggling to support them," said Jones. "That is why over the coming months we're going to reach out to faculties of education, school boards, and ministries of education to find ways to better prepare teachers to foster positive mental health, receive the support they need as professionals, and continue to be a key pillar in the lives of children and youth."

AstraZeneca Canada provided essential support for this independent research through the AstraZeneca Young Health Program, a global, community investment initiative that aims to address the impact of non-communicable disease among youth around the world. Learn more about the Young Health Program at www.younghealth.ca.

Methodology

"Mental Health Education Canada: An Analysis of Teacher Education and Provincial/Territorial Curricula"

The research took place in three steps:


1.  Environmental scans (from publicly available information)
    a.  all mental health-related courses present in Bachelor of Education
        programs across Canada
    b.  the K-12 mental health curriculum in each province and territory
2.  Reviews of the relevant literature pertaining to mental health in Canada
    a.  Teacher education courses relating to mental health
    b.  Child and youth mental health curriculum
3.  Focus groups and interviews featuring stakeholders relevant to these
    topics from various locations around Canada.

"The Responsibility to Promote Resiliency: Public Perspectives on Mental Health Education and the Canadian School System"

The methodology for the research involved a custom online survey drawing on members of the Ipsos Reid Online Panel. A total of 2,092 surveys were conducted from September 27th to October 4th, 2013 among a sample of Canadians 18 years and older, with an oversample for smaller provinces to allow for detailed regional analysis. We also included an oversample among parents with children 8 to 17 years old to achieve a total of n=540 surveys among this audience. The overall sample was weighted to be representative of the adult Canadian population according to the latest Statistics Canada Census data by region, age, gender and children at home.

Read the Reports

Both Mental Health Education Canada: An Analysis of Teacher Education and Provincial/Territorial Curricula and The Responsibility to Promote Resiliency: Public Perspectives on Mental Health Education and the Canadian School System can be found online at www.teachresiliency.ca.

About Physical and Health Education Canada

Physical Health and Education Canada (PHE Canada) is the national voice for physical and health education. They work with educators and on-the-ground professionals to develop the resources, understanding, and networks to ensure that all children have the opportunity to cultivate the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to lead healthy, physically active lives, now and in the future. The foundation of their work is advocating for strong health and physical education curriculum, and providing the support to ensure its delivery by qualified educators supported by engaged administrators. www.phecanada.ca

About the AstraZeneca Canada Young Health Program

The AstraZeneca Young Health Program is about helping young people in need around the world deal with the health issues they face, so that they can improve their chances of living a better life. In Canada, the AstraZeneca Young Health Program (YHP) is working in partnership with three leading Canadian charitable organizations to improve the mental and emotional wellbeing of youth ages 10-19. YHP supports the advocacy efforts of PHE Canada to ensure that teachers are equipped with the skills to project a positive mindset and to teach the skills that lead to positive mental health for Canadian youth. www.younghealth.ca.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Bsquare has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For more than two decades, Bsquare has helped its customers extract business value from a broad array of physical assets by making them intelligent, connecting them, and using the data they generate to optimize business processes.
I'm a lonely sensor. I spend all day telling the world how I'm feeling, but none of the other sensors seem to care. I want to be connected. I want to build relationships with other sensors to be more useful for my human. I want my human to understand that when my friends next door are too hot for a while, I'll soon be flaming. And when all my friends go outside without me, I may be left behind. Don't just log my data; use the relationship graph. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Boyd, Engi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pulzze Systems will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Pulzze Systems, Inc. provides infrastructure products for the Internet of Things to enable any connected device and system to carry out matched operations without programming. For more information, visit http://www.pulzzesystems.com.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform moder...
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Secure Channels will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The bedrock of Secure Channels Technology is a uniquely modified and enhanced process based on superencipherment. Superencipherment is the process of encrypting an already encrypted message one or more times, either using the same or a different algorithm.
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business in 2016. However, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will drill down to the components in this fra...
The vision of a connected smart home is becoming reality with the application of integrated wireless technologies in devices and appliances. The use of standardized and TCP/IP networked wireless technologies in line-powered and battery operated sensors and controls has led to the adoption of radios in the 2.4GHz band, including Wi-Fi, BT/BLE and 802.15.4 applied ZigBee and Thread. This is driving the need for robust wireless coexistence for multiple radios to ensure throughput performance and th...
Enterprise IT has been in the era of Hybrid Cloud for some time now. But it seems most conversations about Hybrid are focused on integrating AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google ECM into existing on-premises systems. Where is all the Private Cloud? What do technology providers need to do to make their offerings more compelling? How should enterprise IT executives and buyers define their focus, needs, and roadmap, and communicate that clearly to the providers?
SYS-CON Events announced today the Kubernetes and Google Container Engine Workshop, being held November 3, 2016, in conjunction with @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This workshop led by Sebastian Scheele introduces participants to Kubernetes and Google Container Engine (GKE). Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, students learn the key concepts and practices for deploying and maintainin...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
There is little doubt that Big Data solutions will have an increasing role in the Enterprise IT mainstream over time. Big Data at Cloud Expo - to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA - has announced its Call for Papers is open. Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...