PRSD Students and Board Trustees attended Provincial Youth Mental Health Summit in Red Deer, AB
Peace River School Division Students and Board Trustees Attended Provincial Youth Mental Health Summit in Red Deer, AB
On June 3-4, 2019, Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) and HEADSTRONG--an initiative by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) partnered together to hold the Provincial Youth Mental Health Summit. Peace River School Division (PRSD) senior high students, Brenna Senft from Peace River High School and Skylar Gummesen from Paul Rowe High School along with PRSD Board Trustees Delainah Velichka, Christopher Schneider, Robyn Robertson and Lori Leitch attended this premiere event which took place in Red Deer, AB.
The Provincial Youth Mental Health Summit incorporates students in grades 9-11 from across the province who have been identified as youth leaders and are engaged in mental health projects. Students and trustees engaged in a variety of exciting activities, exchanged ideas and participated in breakout sessions working together on the ongoing conversation around mental health.
"I am really excited about the Headstrong initiative. Tackling the stigma around mental health is a huge step in creating more balanced learning environments for our students, staff and families as we learn together,” says PRSD Board Trustee Lori Leitch. “It is inspiring how Headstrong empowers students to help students to improve mental health literacy. We all need to support each other with our health goals!"
“HEADSTRONG is Canada’s only national evidence-based mental health youth leadership program and is an initiative of MHCC. Headstrong launched in 2014 to inspire youth ages 12 and up to become leaders and mentors for their schools and communities with the goal to reduce stigma and encourage an open supportive environment where youth feel able to Be Brave, Reach Out and Speak Up for mental health,” states an ASBA website source.
Photos courtesy of PRSD Board Trustee Robyn Robertson.