DeStress for Success Program©
Previous studies from The Centre for Studies on Human Stress have shown that children experience a significant increase in stress hormone levels when they are preparing to enter, or have recently entered, secondary school, a transition that many find stressful. Consequently, it is important that pre-adolescents at this age be given relevant knowledge and be made aware of the effect of stress on their mental health so that they can prevent it from leading to stress-related symptoms and disorders.
Stress education for children and teenagers
DeStress for Success Program© is a 5 workshop program that provides stress education for children making the transition from middle-school to high school. The program allows children and teenagers to learn what stress is, how to recognize it, and how to cope with it in their lives. DeStress for Success© builds on what the students already know and provides them with the knowledge to recognize the ways in which stress affects the brain and body.
The program has been designed in close collaboration with school counselors, school nurses, social workers, teachers, children and teenagers.
The program is build around five workshops that offers interactive and stimulating activities.
- Workshop presenters share their experiences
- Youths share their views of the Program
- Video – Stress and children – Découverte, Radio Canada (dec 2009) (French only)
***The DeStress for Success© training which takes place twice a year welcomes all professionals in the field of education including teachers, school counselors, nurses, psychoeducators, school psychologists, principals, and the like. Following this training educators will be able to teach children and teens about stress, how to identify it, and how to manage it. It is a relatively short program which can easily be implemented in a school setting.***
This program is funded by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). More than 500 children have already participated in the 2008-2009 academic year. The project is designed to inform these young teens about the effects of stress on learning and mental health and offer them coping strategies.
The scientists will determine whether the program has positive effect on well-being, school performance and levels of stress hormones as measured in saliva.