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Visions Journal

A reminder that this article from our magazine Visions was published more than 1 year ago. It is here for reference only. Some information in it may no longer be current. It also represents the point of the view of the author only. See the author box at the bottom of the article for more about the contributor.



PDF | Vol. 5, No. 2 (2009)

Mental health problems among elementary and high school students are much more common than many believe, and use of alcohol and other drugs by teenagers has its own misconceptions. No classroom is immune to these issues. Add to this the lenses of culture, gender, age, and geography. Since teachers see kids regularly they are in a unique position to be able to notice the first sign of changes in kids' academic, social and emotional development. The focus of this issue is not only teachers, but also what the school, as a whole can do to help young children.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • A Rise in "Non-Typical Students: A challenge for our times
    (Cheryl Ashlie)

  • Youth and Mental Health Substance Use Problems: How schools are involved
    (Lynn Miller)

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Use Among BC Students: Myths and realities
    (Elizabeth Swaeyc)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • My School Years: The wild ride from basements to bikes

  • To Tell or Not to Tell: The question of disclosure
    (Caris Smythe)

  • Lets Not Talk About it: Teaching teens about substance abuse
    (Andy Sibbald)

  • Bullying at Schools Can Take the Sunshine Out of Life: A student and parent share their experiences
    (Lenette and Darlene Doskoch)

  • Weathering the Storms: A family's journey through earthquakes, loss and bullying
    (Shabana) (online only)

  • Educating Youth About Mental Illness
    (Shelby Rankel) (online only)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • School Connectedness: It matters to student mental health
    (Laura MacKay)

  • Rethinking Drug Education
    (Dan Reist)

  • Student Mental Health: Teachers can help
    (Cheryl Hofweber)

  • Making the Most Out of Making Your School Smoke-Free
    (Gerald Thomas)

Regional Programs

  • FRIENDS Parent Training: Helping parents help their children deal with worries and anxiety
    (Donna Murphy)

  • A New Path in School District #22: Our substance abuse prevention policies and procedures
    (Doug Rogers)

  • Reaching out: Two BC programs bring mental health awareness to youth
    (Sophia Kelly and Judy Gray)

  • Jessie's Hope Society Celebrates 'Everybody' by Fostering Healthy Resilience
    (Brian Chittock, Quinn Cashion-Vosburgh, Heather Rajala)

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