Written by acclaimed Canadian children’s authors, Well Aware is a series of short books for Grades 4–8 that provides an awareness of mental health issues and fosters discussion on a wide variety of topics related to emotional well-being.
Mental health has become a vital concern in our schools and communities. We understand better than ever that positive mental health is foundational to academic achievement, effective life skills, and overall well-being. Positive mental health encompasses ALL students and supports the goals of prevention, inclusion, compassionate support, and healthy development. The Well Aware series is designed to help teachers meet these goals by integrating mental health literacy into their literacy program.
We see it every day: students who are repeatedly distracted, preoccupied, sad, angry, or disorganized, or who feel confused and hopeless. We realize that as educators we have the opportunity and the responsibility to help students thrive, flourish, feel hopeful, and become socially and emotionally responsive.
Addressing mental well-being in our classrooms can be a sensitive and even a controversial subject. That is why we hope Well Aware will help you to feel confident as you share important positive mental health information, strategies, and skills with your students through powerful literature and non-fiction texts.
The Well Aware series offers