Children's Mental Health
Children’s mental health is a huge concern for many organizations, but most have limited access to mental health professionals.
HIGH FIVE® provides training support for front line staff and supervisors, giving them the knowledge and resources they need to effectively work with children and youth experiencing mental health challenges. HIGH FIVE has collaborated with mental health experts to create 2 valuable trainings that can help you have a positive and lasting effect on children’s mental health.
“The HIGH FIVE Healthy Minds for Healthy Children resource will go a long way to helping coaches and recreation leaders, who are role models and trusted adults, become an important part of our common goal: to help our young people grow up to be healthy and productive adults.” - Dr. Stanley Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre
It is estimated that more than 800,000 Canadian children experience mental health disorders such as anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and depression. These conditions can cause significant symptoms and impaired functioning at home, at school and in the community. HIGH FIVE has always been focused on nurturing kids’ emotional health and all HIGH FIVE training is based on the principles of healthy child development. HIGH FIVE also sits on a number of national committees focused on children’s mental health and physical activity to help promote proactive and preventative approaches to healthy child development in sport and recreation.
“Our children and youth are often excluded from recreational activities due to their mental health challenges and we are thrilled to see training like HIGH FIVE Healthy Minds for Healthy Children that will provide information that can hopefully enhance our children’s ability to participate once again in sports and recreation programs.” - Keli Anderson, Executive Director, The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health
- Resiliency and Recreation: A report that substantiates the foundation on which HIGH FIVE is based, specifically that as the role of A Caring Adult and Friends increases, so does resiliency in children
- Healthy Minds in Active Bodies: A Resource of the Canadian Active After School Partnership: Provides information regarding the links between participation in quality, active after school programs and children and youth’s mental health