SD83 is piloting the Open Parachute Program between January and June, 2021. Open Parachute is a Canadian online wellbeing program designed to support the mental health of students from Grades 6-12, their parents and teachers. Open Parachute Lessons cover several core topic areas, with developmentally appropriate lessons for each age group. Each grade level has a unique program, with different video stories, exercises, and discussions. As part of this program there are resources for parents.
Go directly to Open Parachute Parent Resources
School Program Overview
Open Parachute creates well-being programs designed to promote social and emotional development in students. We use clinically validated, research based psychological skills-building exercises to boost resilience, self-awareness, and social responsibility in students, and increase their connection and systems of support. The program is based on documentary videos of real teenagers sharing their own experience of overcoming struggle, that create powerful peer role models for students in addressing resilience in their own lives.
As a parent, you are also provided with access to an online video-series that gives you information on how to support your child’s development through adolescence and the many challenges they may face. The program provides tools for addressing well-being concerns that typically occur as children developmentally mature. It is common for these various difficulties to arise for children at any age, and you can refer back to these resources at any time based on what you are noticing in your child. The topics covered are listed below:
• Social Media
• Saying No
• Acting Out
• Mental Health
• Addictive Patterns
• Boundaries & Consent
• Anxiety & Depression
Dr Hayley Watson is a Clinical Psychologist with a PhD in bullying interventions. She has been creating and delivering intervention programs globally for the past 15 years, and her mental health curriculum programs are operating in schools across Canada, the US, and Australia.