Healthy Transitions was developed in Eastern Ontario through a partnership between the education and health sectors to promote resilience and mental health in young adolescents at school. Classroom sessions on coping and mental health promotion skills were provided by young adult facilitators, recruited from university social work departments and community health centres. Thanks to the established collaboration with the mental health professionals in the community, program facilitators could identify and refer at-risk students to support services. School staff buy-in and cooperation proved an important component to success of the in-class program which was delivered to 208 students in groups of 12-15 students at a time. The program also featured a teacher in-service workshop. A facilitator resource guide was created to encourage replication of the program.
Child and Youth Health Network for Eastern Ontario