Mental health is recipient of ATA’s Christmas donation

January 17, 2012

The Alberta Teachers’ Association made its annual $1,000 Christmas donation to the Alberta Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

The CMHA is one of the oldest continuing voluntary health organizations in Canada. From its creation in 1918, the CMHA has been concerned with mental health issues affecting school children. It is a concern shared by the Association.

“As teachers, we recognize the importance of the work done by the CMHA and the impact it can have on the well-being of Alberta students. The foundation of good mental health is extremely important to effective learning,” said ATA President Carol Henderson.

In 2009, the Association and the Alberta Division of the CMHA established a partnership to promote the mental health of children and youth. The Healthy Minds, Bright Futures program aims to increase awareness of the mental health needs of children and to decrease the stigmatization often associated with mental illness.

For more information about the Healthy Minds, Bright ­Futures program, visit www.canwetalk.ca.

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