Nursing Students at Connaught Elementary School

By Connaught School
April 13, 2018 - 8:33am

A Community Teaching Initiative of Nursing students (A.C.T.I.O.N) have been placed at Connaught Elementary School for their fourth and final year of the SCBScN program through the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

The current clinical cohort of nursing students has been busy implementing mental wellness strategies within the community.

It is evident that mental health is a rising concern for our youth.  

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (2018) mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with an estimated 10-20% of Canadian youth affected by a mental illness or disorder.

Without adequate coping skills the risk of developing mental illness increases (Stanhope, 2017).

Thanks to Rob Rongve with the Community Foundation and Randy Iverson for their generous donations, along with the support from Principal Jay Nichol and Vice Principal Jenifer Kahl of Connaught School, a program called MindUP has been implemented. MindUP is a curriculum aimed at building personal coping skills, resilience and focus through the four core pillars: Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Mindful Awareness and Social-Emotional Learning (MindUP, 2017).

On March 19, 2018 a facilitator was flown in from Vancouver to introduce the MindUP program to the faculty of Connaught School as well as other faculty from the Living Sky School Division and Light of Christ Catholic School Division.

The A.C.T.I.O.N. nurses are proud to announce that Connaught School is now the first licensed MindUp School in Saskatchewan!   

From Left: Jay Nichol (Principal), Jonathan Weresch (Facilitator), Breanne Shick, Halley Zehner, Randi Milnthorpe, Carmen Koehl, Emilie McAllister, Rachel Feist, Melissa Baldwin, Shannon Iverson (nursing instructor), Darlene Humenny (Community School Coordinator), and Jenifer Kahl (Vice Principal).

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