The 2nd annual Healthy Schools Forum for the capital region of British Columbia occurred on May 27, 2016. This day-long event was co-hosted by School Districts 61, 62, 63 and 64, Island Health, and the Child and Youth Health Network.

285 people, including a large contingent of youth, gathered at the University of Victoria in Lekwungen, and W̱SÁNEĆ territory to foster collaboration and share knowledge about evidence-informed and school-centred approaches to promoting mental health for young people in the capital region.

The day included dialogue between local thought leaders called From Evidence to Action, in which Maureen Dockendorf  from the Ministry of Education), Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl from the Human Early Learning Partnership University of British Columbia, and Scott Stinson, from the Saanich School District discussed ‘what we know makes a difference and opportunities to strengthen our efforts’ as people who care about the health and well-being of children and youth.

Dr Richard Stanwick, Cheif Medical Health Officer for Island Health also spoke on the subject of Connectedness Across our Communities.

Each participant was also able to attend 4 of 12 Roundtable sessions that each illustrated a promising practice in the promotion of mental health and resiliency in children and youth in our region.

The following documents provide more information about the forum:

 

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