The provincial government is showing extra support for BC students’ mental health as they head back to school in these bizarre and unprecedented times.

For the 2020-21 school year, school districts, including SD-57, and independent school authorities will receive $3.75 million to promote mental wellness and provide additional supports for students, families and educators heading back to school during this unprecedented school year.

“Now more than ever, we must actively support student mental health and wellness,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “This added investment will help us deliver immediate resources to schools, students and families so that our students can get the help they need to reach their full potential, now and into their bright futures.”

The funding comes from the additional $2-million spent on school-based wellness programs and supports, part of the $8.8-million investment over three years.

Each school district will take the reins on determining how the funding will be spent.

The money may be used to enhance staff training, student workshops, family information nights or to develop new resource materials for educators and families.

Mental health programs will also be expanded this year to include staff well-being, in addition to a focus on trauma-informed practices that build capacity for strong mental health.