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Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools
Strategies and Activities for Happy and Successful Learners
Aimed at improving children’s social, emotional, behavioural, and academic functioning, Healthy Minds, Healthy Schools provides students at the elementary level with practical, everyday strategies to combat stress, anxiety, and depression. Comprised of 16 sessions, this curriculum-based program demonstrates the universal need for policy-oriented approaches to school-based mental health. A number of components are integrated throughout, including: emotional regulation and expression; mindfulness and metacognition; the link between thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations; acceptance and self-compassion; goal-directed behaviours; problem solving; and conflict resolution.
With guided instruction, sections on personal reflection, and group activity exercises, this essential resource equips children with tools to develop improved attention, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility, strengthen their social skills, and enhance their academic performance.
Table of Contents
Program Delivery Instructions
Lesson 1. Introduction to Thoughts and Feelings
Lesson 2. How My Body Reacts to My Emotions
Lesson 3. Mindfulness and Relaxation Part 1
Lesson 4. Mindfulness and Relaxation Part 2
Lesson 5. Labelling Emotions
Lesson 6. Expressing Emotions
Lesson 7. Thinking About What I am Thinking (Metacognition)
Lesson 8. Metacognition and Gratitude
Lesson 9. My Strengths and Skills
Lesson 10. Strategies That Work for Me
Lesson 11. Using Positive and Context Appropriate Emotions
Lesson 12. Goal Setting
Lesson 13. Problem Solving
Lesson 14. Problem Solving when Interacting with Others
Lesson 15. Conflict Resolution
Lesson 16. What I’ve Learned