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Open Parachute

October 31, 2022

​Dear Parents,

We are pleased to announce that this year we will be delivering the Open Parachute Mental Health Program to our students.

This program addresses issues of stigma surrounding mental health in young people, encourages help-seeking, and creates a culture of mutual support and respect for any struggles that students may face.

This program was developed by Dr Hayley Watson, an adolescent clinical psychologist who has been developing programs across Canada and internationally for the past 15 years.

There are video-based resources to provide you, as a parent, with practical tools for supporting the well-being of your child at all stages of their life. These resources can be accessed by following the link in the attached flyer, and creating your own (free) account.

Here is a message from the founder, Dr Watson:

I am so pleased that your child is taking part in this program. I developed this resource because I want every child to learn practical mental health skills, so they can live life to their fullest potential.

This program aims to build a strong foundation of resilience so that your child can learn to trust in their own abilities, relate to their own feelings in a healthy way, and change any unhelpful thoughts and/or behaviour patterns that may hold them back at any point in their lives.

It is normal for your children to have feelings stirred up throughout the course of this program, because we are intentionally providing a space where they can address challenging issues in a safe, nurturing, and supportive environment. These conversations can also continue at home if you and your child would like to explore these topics further – the video-based resources for parents can help guide these discussions.

If you have any questions or feedback at any point during the program, one of our trained psychologists would be happy to speak with you directly to further support the well-being of your child.

Buckhorn Elementary

5190 Buckhorn Lake Road, Prince George, BC, V2N 6B4 Phone: (250) 963-7110 |Fax: (250) 963-7856 | We respectfully acknowledge that School District No. 57 resides on the unceded ancestral lands of the Lheidli T'enneh First Nations, McLeod Lake Indian Band and the Simpcw First Nation. It is our honour to walk alongside our indigenous communities in educating our students.