Anxiety prevention, and early mental health education in British Columbia classrooms
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This thesis used a self-reporting online survey of British Columbia teachers to gather firsthand knowledge of teachers experiences with mental health education in early elementary school classrooms. Current research into available mental health programs is reviewed; the limitations and strengths of these programs are discussed. The purpose of the study was to uncover systemic or personal barriers which influence teachers ability to provide helpful mental health education in kindergarten, grade 1, 2, or 3. The survey, created by the researcher, included likert and open ended questions. Teachers responses revealed barriers like limited classroom time and lack of support from administration which create problems for including mental health education in class. Teachers expressed person thoughts and opinions about the importance of mental health education in these early grades and discussed their own competencies and skills for accomplishing this. Suggestions for creating the foundation for a universal mental health education program are discussed. Further areas for research are identified.