Canadian teachers call for more resources to support student mental health

July 13, 2012

According to a recent Canada-wide survey of 3,900 teachers, many schools are ill-equipped and under-resourced to adequately support students' mental health. Most teachers stated that they have not received any professional development with regard to student mental health. More than 96% of respondents said they wanted professional development opportunities and that the lack of provision of training could be an obstacle to recognizing and understanding mental health issues in children, and to implementing strategies for working with children with externalizing behaviour problems. Canadian Teachers' Federation News Release