School-Based Mental Health Conference

March 31, 2017











There is growing awareness in our society for the need to make the mental health of children and youth a priority. In the past, teachers and schools were viewed as primarily focused on academic development. In a new paradigm shift presented here, a school-based mental health approach recognizes the need for both specialized mental health services for some students and universal services provided in a consultative, collaborative and complementary manner. The latter is especially important given students spend most of their youth in a school setting and not in treatment programs. A school-based mental health approach further maintains that by promoting positive school climate and implementing school-wide programs fostering students’ resilience, coping skills, empathy, compassion, acceptance, self-regulation, and more, mental health problems can be significantly mitigated.

To summarize, the main objectives for the conference are:

To further develop collaborative practices between schools, community organizations and public institutions that enhance positive mental health, promote emotional well-being, resilience, mental health literacy and academic perseverance for children and youth within the Quebec Anglophone school community.

To determine optimal organizational conditions promoting effective school-based mental health orientations and approaches.
To focus on making school based mental health policy and practice sustainable in the long-term.




  Creating Mentally Healthy Schools
Systematic, Scalable, Sustainable
Kathy Short, Ph.D. C.Psych
Video available here 
Suicide prevention in school settings: building on success
Sharon Casey, M.A. 
Video available here
  The Mental Health, Well-being & Educational Success of Quebec’s English-Language Youth
Russ Kueber 
Video available here
  Building emotional intelligence for the 21st century Learners
Elizabeth Triassi
Marie-Lyne LeBel
Christina Celzi 
  The Family School Support & Treatment Team: A Model of School-Based Mental Health
Dr. Elana Bloom
Nathalie Constant
Jason Duke
Dr. Lila Amirali 
  School-Based Mental Health: New Horizons
Panel Discussion
Dr. Lila Amarali
Dr. Ella Amir
Mr. François Sirois
Dr. Christopher Fuzessy 
  Stronger Than Stigma
Ryan Golt  
Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg: Promising Avenues to Creating Trauma-Informed Schools
Delphine Collin-Vézina, PhD
Sleep and Academic Performance
Gail Somerville
Riverside School Board
Reut Gruber, PhD
McGill University



This conference is hosted by the Lester B. Pearson School Board’s Centre of Excellence for Mental Health (CEMH) in collaboration with the Community Health and Social Service Network (CHSSN), AMI-Quebec, English Montreal School Board, LEARN’s Community Learning Centers, and the Youth and Parents AGAPE Association.

This conference is sponsored by the Community Health and Social Service Network (CHSSN) and Health Canada.