Student Health

The Supporting Every Student Learning Series is intended to support professional learning opportunities for school and school authority leaders around creating or enhancing welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments that support student success and wellbeing. The series provides access to information on research and evidence-based practices through recorded “TedTalk” style presentations and conversation guides, with links for further information.

Healthy School Communities

Alberta Health Services - Support for Healthy School Communities

Healthy students are better learners and better-educated students are healthier

The Comprehensive School Health (CSH) approach is used widely within Alberta to improve student health and educational success. Parents and school councils play an integral role in supporting the CSH approach. Parents can help create healthy school communities in many different ways. For example, they can act as:

  • Leaders in planning and implementing wellness initiatives within schools or the broader community. For example, being part of a school health team or engaging with community organizations such as a local recreation centres.
  • Role models for their children by practicing healthy behaviours at home and taking part in family events hosted at the school or in the community.
  • Advocates for healthy school environments by voicing their opinions with decision makers, including wellness on school council meeting agendas and influencing the development or implementation of wellness policies.

Strong partnerships are central to the success of the CSH approach. Alberta Health Services staff are available to support parents and school councils (and all school community members) in creating healthier environments for students.

To learn more about the support available from Alberta Health Services, visit: www.albertahealthservices.ca/hcyd.asp.

For more information on the CSH approach to building healthy school communities, visit http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/csh.asp

Mental Health Review

The Alberta government is pleased to share Valuing Mental Health: Report of the Alberta Mental Health Review Committee

This report will help to guide the Alberta government’s actions to strengthen addiction and mental health care for Albertans.

The Alberta government has accepted the report and will be taking immediate action on 6 priority recommendations:

  1. Establish a leadership team to work with community and health partners to develop an action plan to implement the report.
  2. Increase technology-based solutions by launching a child and youth mental health website in spring 2016.
  3. Expand access to addiction treatment by opening 3 new social detoxification beds for children and youth in Calgary.
  4. Add medical detox beds for adults, including 6–8 new beds in Lethbridge and converting 20 beds in Red Deer from social to medical detox.
  5. Work in partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities to develop an opiate addiction action plan.
  6. Implement a performance monitoring and evaluation framework to track results on report recommendations and benefits to Albertans.

More implementation actions will be developed in partnership with our valued partners and stakeholders, who are integral to achieving the positive vision that has been put forward.

New children’s mental health clinic opens in Edmonton  News Release June 6, 2017

The Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund is a joint initiative between the University of Alberta and the University of Alberta's School of Public Health and the Government of Alberta.

The Wellness Fund advances comprehensive school health by funding projects that enhance health and wellness among school-aged children and youth to create sustainable healthy school communities. 

A healthy school community is one that embeds a sustainable culture of wellness for children, youth and the entire school community using a comprehensive school health approach to create an inclusive, collaborative and connected environment. It is a school community that constantly strengthens its ability as a healthy setting for living, learning and working.

Click here for ideas that School Councils can use to support their own school in becoming a healthier environment.

For more information visit www.wellnessfund.ualberta.ca