Learn Mental Health Literacy

Building Your Mental Health Literacy

National surveys report that about 70% of Canadian teachers identify a need for more knowledge about mental health and mental illness, yet most Faculties of Education do not have a comprehensive mental health literacy curriculum resource.

This online, self-paced resource addresses that gap. Pre-service and current teachers can take this 7-module course in its entirety or simply the modules they are most interested in. Faculties of Education are welcome to use these resources to support their course and/or discussions on mental health in the same way.

The 7 Modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction & Background
  • Module 2: Stigma & Mental Health
  • Module 3: Human Brain Development
  • Module 4: Understanding Mental Health, Mental Illness & Related Issues in Young People
  • Module 5: What is Treatment?
  • Module 6: Seeking Help & Providing Support
  • Module 7: Caring for Students & Ourselves

Participation in this online course is FREE.

An optional certificate of completion is $50. Please select this option when you register as it cannot be selected once you finish the course.
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If you would like to batch register a group to work towards certificates of completion, please contact us directly at mhl.educ@ubc.ca

INTRO VIDEO – Learn more about this MOOC!

Now, let’s see if we can answer your questions in the FAQs below!

The program is a non-credit online course offered by the University of British Columbia, delivered on the Catalog Online platform. This is a self-paced course that consists of 7 modules. Modules can be completed in any order and participants may choose to complete all or only certain modules that most interest them.

This online program is asynchronous (no real-time events are scheduled).

This course is designed for teacher candidates currently in Faculties of Education and for educators currently working in schools including teachers, administrators and other specialized roles, e.g. Resource or Learning Support Teachers, or anyone who wishes to build their mental health literacy.

Developed by education and mental health professionals, this seven module (8 to 10 hours) course will provide you with a foundation of mental health literacy, including effective strategies to use in your educational settings and in your own life.

National surveys report that about 70% of Canadian teachers identify a need for more knowledge about mental health/mental illness. A national scoping exercise found that a comprehensive mental health literacy curriculum resource is not available in most Canadian Faculties of Education. This online mental health literacy for pre-service teacher education resource has been developed to address that gap.

Read an interview with Dr. Wendy Carr, Faculty of Education, on co-developing this project with colleagues at Dalhousie U., Western U., and St. Francis Xavier U.

This resource aims to:

  1. Enhance mental health literacy of teacher candidates in Canadian Faculties of Education
  2. Provide classroom congruent materials that can be used both during practicum and after graduation to help address mental health literacy of students
  3. Identify strategies that can be used for obtaining and maintaining your own mental health

This resource does NOT educate how to diagnose or treat mental illnesses. If you are concerned about a student’s mental health, talk to the leadership team in your school and consult with health professionals in your school or at the school district level and provide information they need to better support that student. As part of the school-based team of professionals, determine what your role will be to better support your student.

This online resource is free.

The optional Certificate of Completion is CAD $50 + GST.

Please note that all fees are non-refundable. If you have any questions about refunds, please contact us.

Participants may choose to opt into the optional Verified Certificate of Completion for CAD $50 + GST.
Learn more about our Verified Certificates on our Certificates FAQ page!

Our digital Certificates of Completion are issued by the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Education on behalf of MentalHealthLiteracy, UBC, Western University. and St. Francis Xavier University.
  • Digital Certificate – a PDF will be sent to the email address that you registered with, within 2-3 weeks of completing the course.

*The listed wait times are approximate. We appreciate your patience in receiving your completed certificate, as we are processing a high volume of certificates on an ongoing basis.

While this will be unique for each participant, based on the course work the estimated commitment is approximately 8-10 hours in total. This is a self-paced course, with no real-time events. Learners progress at their own pace.

Via the registration button, above!

Please make sure to use the same email address to register and make payment for the course.

Once you have registered for the course, you will receive an automated email from noreply@pdce.educ.ubc.ca with instructions to register for an account on Catalog.

Once you have activated your account, you will see Learn Mental Health Literacy listed on your dashboard.

If you do not receive this email, please contact us at mh.educ.@ubc.ca.

Learn Mental Health Literacy does not provide a curriculum resource to use in the classroom. However, another MOOC, Teach Mental Health Literacy Literacy provides a curriculum resource suitable for use with students aged 12 to 19 and walks you through how to use it. Take a look at Teach Mental Health Literacy!

How to make a bulk purchase

  1. Once you receive the link for payment, select the ‘Bulk Enrollment’ button (icon of two people next to the ‘Enroll Now’ button).
  2. Select the number of enrolments you want to purchase and then click the 'Claim Seats' button.
  3. On the reservation confirmation page you can change the number of seats reserved or cancel. If you want to proceed, click the 'Claim Seats' button.
  4. In the checkout window, click the 'Purchase Seats' button.
  5. View your enrollment confirmation.
  6. To invite students to enroll in the course using your purchase, click the 'Invite Students to Enroll' button. You can also invite students at another time by clicking the 'Purchase & Enrolment' link.

For more information, visit: Multiple Enrollments in Canvas Catalogue


Proudly offered in partnership by:

The University of British Columbia, St Francis Xavier University, Western University, and MentalHealthLiteracy.org

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