REAL Universal Programming

Universal Programming

In order to expand our reach of positive mental health for all, the REAL team has begun to implement 6-8 week programs in classes to address particular topics regarding mental health. We utilize and adopt evidence based curriculum to provide students the opportunities to explore important topics including stress and anxiety, peer aggression, mentoring and self-esteem.

The Fourth R

Beginning in January 2104, we will begin to offer the Fourth R program in grades 7-9. The Fourth R is a 15 session program that promotes healthy youth relationships and targets violence (bullying, peer and dating violence), high risk behaviour and substance abuse among adolescents. During the course of the lessons, students engage in extensive skill development and role-play activities to help develop effective and healthy responses to situations of conflict and violence. The sessions include topics such as:

  • stress and its effects on relationships
  • how stereotypes and the media affect relationships
  • impact of substance use and abuse on one's self and others
  • early warning signs of dating violence
  • identifying boundaries, rights and responsibilities in a friendship/relationship
  • communication barriers with parents and friends
  • taking responsibility for emotions
  • when friendships and relationships end

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Ophelia Project

This program guides girls and boys from Kindergarten through High School to develop positive strategies for identifying and mediating peer aggression. The six-lesson series provides activities designed to help students:

  • Identify peer aggression and the roles in a bullying situation.
  • Assess the importance of bystanders in a bullying situation.
  • Identify emotions in the self and others. (Kindergarten – Third Grade)
  • Distinguish between norms and rules. (Fourth Grade – Fifth Grade)
  • Understand social norms regarding gender roles. (Junior High – High School)
  • Determine positive qualities of friendship and leadership.
  • Identify cyberbullying.
  • Demonstrate positive online communication strategies.
  • Evaluate the roles of privacy and anonymity in online interactions (Junior High and High School)

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Kids Have Stress Too

Kids Have Stress Too! Kindergarten and Preschool Program: Provides a comprehensive introduction to key aspects of early childhood and brain development. The program contains evidence-based strategies to help young children learn how to become aware of and manage stress.

Kids Have Stress Too! Tools and Activities for Classrooms Grades 1 to 3: Provides strategies to help create an emotionally-healthy environment by promoting self-regulation and effective stress-management skills and strategies. 

Stress Lessons for Grades 4 to 6: practical, developmentally appropriate, engaging activities for students aged 9 to 12.

Stress Lessons, From Stress Out to Chilled Out, a Program for Grade 7 to 9 Classrooms: student-centred inquiry-based approach to teach stress-management strategies and skills and build emotional resiliency in their students and themselves.

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Mental Health Matters

Just like physical health, everyone has mental health. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness. The Public Health Agency of Canada describes positive mental health as “the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity”.

With input from educators, service providers and community partners, Alberta Education has developed a series of tools and resources to promote positive mental health awareness and strategies in Alberta schools. They are divided into 4 groups: K-3, 4-6, Junior High and Senior High.

The Mental Health Matters program includes a mental health collage poster and activities introducing students to the building blocks of positive mental health and a set of 6 individual posters highlighting each of the building blocks for good mental health. (Choose, Discover, Connect, Manage, Help, Enjoy)

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