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Are you or your school championing positive mental health among students and school staff?


Share2Care is a mental health activation initiative gathering promising practices from across the country to share and inspire others to take action in their class and/or school community. As part of the PHE Canada Teach Resiliency program, Share2Care aims to recognize and share unique, innovative, and promising mental health practices that are making positive impacts on students, school staff, or both.

With 224 applications received from across Canada during our 2018 campaign, the responsiveness to supporting mental health in Canadian schools has been outstanding.

It is with great excitement and gratitude to announce our 2018 Share2Care campaign recipients and their promising practices. In total, five schools will each receive $2000 in funding to further support their identified mental health promising practices. Here are our recipient schools for 2018.


Center for Learning Alternatives - Prince George, British Columbia



The Centre for Learning Alternatives is a Tier 3 alternative high school. They are a trauma-informed school and all their work is informed from this perspective. The population they are serving are considered to be "at risk" youth and approximately 65% are First Nation ancestry. Many live in extreme poverty. In order to attend their school, students must have exhausted all the mainstream school supports, be in danger of dropping out, and be in need of extensive supports including targeted mental health initiatives. Over half of the students have a clinical mental health diagnosis and many more students remain undiagnosed. 


Churchill Community School - La Ronge, Saskatchewan



Churchill Community School is a grade 7 - 12 school with a population of 550 students, 90% of whom are First Nations/Metis located in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. During the last 4 years, they have had three suicides within the community. The school had one social worker to serve the population but were granted another position after the suicides. Two high school students approached the school’s teacher advisor to start a peer support group to add extra support to the students. Ten students were trained as peer support volunteers in January 2018 and six more students will be taking trainings this winter.


Don Mills Middle School - Toronto, Ontario



Don Mills Middle School (DMMS) is located within the Don Mills community of Toronto, ON. The school population is 409 students from grade 6-8. The school shares the same campus as Don Mills Collegiate Institute and has a diverse population of students of different cultures that speak a variety of languages from around the world. The school has a high population of students with learning needs, 26% of the students have an IEP (105 IEPs). The majority of students come from nine feeder schools and some students travel far distances to attend their Cyber Arts program.


Knollwood Park Public School - London, Ontario



The Knollwood Park Public School has a historical significance in East London as one of the oldest running schools which opened in 1920 as a two-room ‘Red Cross Hut.’ The school now has 260 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. The board maintains a comparative view of schools relative ranking on demographic variables. In the majority of these factors, Knollwood Park ranks in the top 25th percentile of highest risk. For example, it ranks in the 92nd percentile of average household income (low income), in the 97th percentile of lone parent families, 85th percentile of unemployment rate and 91st percentile of recent immigrants. 


New Germany Rural High School (in partnership with the New Germany Elementary School) - New Germany, Nova Scotia



New Germany Rural High School is a small school housing 330 students in grades 7-12. One in five students in the county lives in poverty and comes to school without proper nourishment or clothing. The impact of this on children's education is immeasurable and it further disadvantages families creating a cycle of health, mental health, and financial hardships in the community. 



If you, your school, and/or school board is leading a mental health initiative that is showing to be making a positive impact on the mental health of students or school staff, we want to hear from you.

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