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Mental health and addiction issues often come to light when people are young. After parents, teachers spend more time with young people than anyone else. Because of this, teachers play a key role in supporting the mental health of children and youth and educating them about these issues.

Educational resources in this section address how to work with children and youth to:

  • promote their health
  • prevent and manage mental health and addiction problems
  • identify potential problems
  • teach them about these issues.

Educational resources

Early years

  • Curriculum resources for the early years (birth to kindergarten) on aggressive behaviour, diversity and substance use.

Elementary grades

  • Information for elementary teachers on aggressive behaviour and resilience in children in grades 1 to 8.
  • Curriculum resources on aggressive behaviour, diversity, gambling, healthy development and substance use.

Secondary grades

  • Information for secondary teachers on aggressive behaviour, mental health and resilience in adolescents in grades 9 to 12. 
  • Curriculum resources on gambling, healthy development, mental health and substance use.

Post-secondary school

  • Curriculum resources for post-secondary teachers (at college and university levels) on resilience.


Smoking and quittingSmoking and Quitting: Clean Air for All 
Children worry when they see people they care about doing something dangerous to their health. Smoking and Quitting: Clean Air for All (PDF) is a storybook for use with children in Grades 1 to 5 that will help them find answers to their questions, as well as make it easier for them to talk to teachers, parents, caregivers and other family members about their thoughts and feelings about smoking. A copy of this storybook is being distributed free of charge to every elementary school and public library in Canada. Smoking and Quitting has been awarded Curriculum Services Canada's (CSC) Seal of Quality. Also available in French (Parlons du tabac - Arrêter de fumer).