|EMSB TO MARK MENTAL HEALTH WEEK MAY 6 to 10|
MONTREAL, APRIL 24, 2013 – The Mental Health Resource Centre (MHRC) of the English Montreal School Board Student Services Department will kick off Mental Health Week on Monday, May 6 (8:45 a.m.) with a workshop by Dr. Regalena Melrose, a California based clinical and school psychologist and international speaker.
Between May 6 and 10, awareness of mental health promotion and illness will also be highlighted via daily messages on the EMSB website and with the official launch of the new MHRC website. On May 8, the atrium at the EMSB Administration Building in NDG will feature information booths on mental health and illness from the MHRC, EMSB, and outside community resources. There will also be a representative from the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to highlight to staff the mental health services available to them. A presentation from EMSB nutritionists will highlight foods that help combat stress. Quizzes, raffles for prizes, and mini anti-stress kits will be available at the MHRC kiosques, as well as other surprises.
The mission of the MHRC is to promote mental health literacy via the dissemination of information regarding topics of interest and concern. We also offer support to schools on a needs basis via different modalities such as workshops (for staff or parents), program recommendations, school-based meetings and consultations. For the 2012-2013 academic year the goal of the MHRC has been to provide information and skill enhancement via professional development sessions at the school level for the following areas of concern: building resilience; an anti-bullying information session for parents; and anxiety and stress.
Michael J. Cohen