Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE)

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) is committed to making mental health supports available in schools. The new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions also brings additional government focus and commitment to mental health promotion, prevention and early-intervention activities in B.C. schools. We are working with the education sector and our ministry partners to develop a sustainable and comprehensive plan for supporting school mental health. 

MCFD is proud to announce that Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE), developed in collaboration with Anxiety Canada (formerly AnxietyBC) will be coming soon to B.C. schools. EASE is a collection of evidence-informed anxiety prevention and resilience-building resources for use with students in grades K-7. These stand-alone resources align with B.C. curriculum and are designed to benefit all children by fitting into existing classroom routines and practices.

Educator Workshops & Resources

Two EASE workshops are available – one for Primary (K-3) educators and one for Intermediate (4-7) educators. Workshops and classroom resources are provided at no cost to B.C. teachers, school counsellors and other educators who participate in one day of interactive professional development to: 

  • Find out about anxiety and how it impacts children

  • Discover ways to integrate anxiety prevention tools as part of regular classroom routines

  • Get hands-on strategies to help students:

    • Recognize helpful and unhelpful thinking
    • Take brave steps to face a challenge
    • Use relaxation skills to dial down strong emotions and build resilience

For more information about workshops or to view the current schedule, visit Anxiety Canada’s website.  Workshops will be added as they are confirmed, so keep checking back.

Background

EASE was developed through a partnership between the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Anxiety Canada. It aligns with the B.C. Government’s cross-ministry commitment to support evidence-based school mental health practices.

EASE uses cognitive behavioural strategies to address the thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with anxiety. Classroom activities are aimed at increasing the emotional health and resiliency of all children and are designed to be delivered by classroom teachers, but can be adapted for use by school counsellors, administrators and support staff.