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Lived experience of educators related to student mental health
Brandon University, Faculty of Health Studies
Includes bibliographical references (pages 68-72).
"In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Psychiatric Nursing."
The purpose of this research study was to gain an understanding of the lived experiences of kindergarten to grade four classroom teachers related to student mental health. Six individual educators, between 30 and 65 years of age, with varied years of experience in kindergarten to grade four classrooms participated in the study. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with each of the participants, using van Manen’s method of phenomenological inquiry. The following themes were identified in the analysis and explored in the discussion: 1) mental health literacy and awareness; 2) relationships and connections; 3) leadership, support, and resources; 4) preparation of educators related to mental health; and 5) collaboration and partnerships across systems. The knowledge gained from this study has implications for mental health practice, school programming, educational preparation and professional development of educators, and policy in relation to the mental health needs and experiences of children and youth..
Primary school teachersSchool children--Mental health
Brandon UniversityFaculty of Health Studies