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Resources for Teachers & Schools

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CAMH offers an integrated set of web based resources for teachers, schools and allied partners to utilize in their prevention/health promotion work with youth. These resources include:

Educating Students About Substance Use & Mental Health
Elementary Schools (Grades 1-8): Teachers began using the revised Health and Physical Education, Grades 1-8 (Interim Edition) in September 2010. As a result, the lesson plans and materials from the CAMH website Educating Students about Drug Use and Mental Health -- Ready-To-Use Lesson Plans for Your Classroom – Grades 1 – 8 have been removed.

Ophea has developed the NEW Ophea Health and Physical Education (H&PE) Curriculum Resources: Grades 1-8 in both English and French. These resources were developed to support implementation of Ontario’s 2010 H&PE Curriculum. Details on accessing these resources is available at the main page of OPHEA's curriculum site.

Secondary Schools (Grades 9-12): The lesson plans and materials for secondary schools (Grades 9-10 substance use and Grades 11-12 Mental Health) can still be accessed on this website while the Health and Physical Education, Grades 9 and 10 and Health and Physical Education, Grades 11 and 12 remain in the curricula review cycle.​


Book CoverGrowing Up Resilient: Ways to Build Resilience in Children and Youth
Resilience is an important aspect of mental well-being. Bouncing back from today’s stresses is one of the best life skills children and youth can develop. Growing Up Resilient is a must-read for adults (including parents, teachers and front-line workers) who want to increase resilience in the children and youth in their lives.  

Book CoverActing Out: Understanding and Reducing Aggressive Behaviour in Children and Youth
Aggression among young people is an important social issue. Fortunately, early intervention and treatment can significantly reduce the risk of harmful outcomes. Acting Out is a valuable tool for anyone who works with young people, including teachers and school administrators, day-care and recreation centre workers, youth shelter workers, social service workers, sports coaches, youth leaders, and camp counsellors and directors.

  • Talking about Mental Illness (TAMI)
    TAMI is an anti-stigma/education program for secondary school students, developed in collaboration with CMHA Ontario Division and Mood Disorders Association. Thanks to partnerships it is currently being implemented in 44 school boards across the province. Contact your local CAMH Consultant for more information. The community guide & teacher's resource is available online.
  • Virtual Party
    Virtual Party is an interactive web-based resource, developed by youth, for youth. The web site ( is an educational tool aimed at offering youth information in an interactive story, promoting healthy choices and reducing risky behaviour related to alcohol use. It is targeted to youth 13-19 years of age.
  • Take Action Project
    CAMH and Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) are working in partnership to develop materials to support the Take Action Initiative and to assist in the prevention of use and abuse of alcohol, cannabis and tobacco by children and youth. Take Action is a comprehensive, classroom-based program designed to support educators and engage school communities in teaching safety awareness regarding medicines and harmful substances and provides information about tobacco, alcohol and substance use through the integration of health and physical education expectations. Details on Take Action are available at
  • Youth Scoop
    Youth Scoop is a free series of tip sheets for child and youth serving professionals that summarize the latest research related to addiction and mental health issues.
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