Shirt Day is on Wednesday,
February 22nd. Join schools all over BC in support of the
anti-bullying movement by wearing pink! This year, Shaw and Coast Capital
Savings have teamed up with Pink Shirt Day BC and launched a social media
campaign to raise funds and awareness for bullying prevention efforts across
the province. Using #pinkshirtpromise between February 6th and 22nd
can help make a difference across our province. To find out more, click here.
There are many opportunities for schools
to create positive learning environments for their students. Consider
incorporating anti-bullying and positive mental health programming into your
school’s curriculum and extracurricular activities. Here are some resources that
can help you do this:
Pink Shirt Day
This iconic day came to be when two
high school students from Nova Scotia arranged for their classmates to wear
pink shirts after witnessing a student getting bullied for wearing pink the day
before. For more information on how to organize your own Pink Shirt Day, click here, and wear pink on
The ERASE strategy is a comprehensive
and multipronged approach to promoting positive mental health and wellness, and
to prevent bullying and violent behaviour in schools. The strategy includes a
coordinated approach involving schools, families and community partners. The ERASE Bullying
website provides parents and students with
helpful tips and advice on how to address bullying and includes a confidential
online reporting tool for youth to report bullying.
The WITS Programs bring schools,
families and communities together to create responsive environments that help
children deal with bullying and peer victimization. WITS has two components: the
WITS Primary Program (Kindergarten to Grade 3) and the WITS LEADS Program
(Grades 4 to 6).
JCSH Positive Mental Health
The Positive Mental Health Toolkit is
an online resource that promotes positive mental health practices and
perspectives within a school environment. The toolkit is designed to help
schools and communities apply their strengths to foster positive growth and
development of children and youth.
RespectED: Beyond the Hurt
Beyond the Hurt is a Canadian Red Cross
youth-facilitated program targeted at bullying and harassment prevention
among children aged 11 and over.
SafeTeen is an empowerment program
where facilitators offer skills for choosing healthy relationships, strategies
to prevent bullying and harassment and techniques for de-escalating verbal,
physical and emotional violence. Most importantly, the program cultivates empowerment,
self-determination, critical thinking and self-esteem in children and youth.
For more resources related to bullying
prevention and positive mental health, visit the Healthy Schools BC website!