Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE)

What is EASE?

EASE is a collection of school-based, evidence-informed, anxiety management and resilience-building classroom resources for use by educators with B.C. students in grades K-12. EASE helps educators teach students strategies to address the thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with anxiety, while also supporting social and emotional learning and mental health literacy of educators.

B.C. educators now have the option of selecting from two online, professional development EASE courses - one for grades K-7 and the other for grades 8-12, both provided at no cost.

EASE complements the First Peoples Principles of Learning and supports the integration of locally adapted and applied Indigenous perspectives.

For more information about EASE K-7 and 8-12, visit Healthy Minds BC.

EASE K-7

EASE for grades K-7 was developed in 2019 by the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) in collaboration with B.C. educators, school counsellors, Anxiety Canada and other subject experts in the field of child and youth anxiety. EASE K-7 is also available in French.

EASE 8-12

In response to requests from B.C. educators, EASE 8-12 was developed for B.C. secondary school educators and launched on October 7, 2021. EASE 8-12 will be translated into French before the end of the 2021/22 school year.

EASE at Home

EASE K-7 classroom lessons have been adapted for use by parents and caregivers to support children’s mental health across home, school and community settings. EASE at Home activities have been designed for all children to learn life skills that will benefit them now and into the future.  When children practise EASE strategies at home, they are more likely to use them.  EASE at Home activities are available as downloadable PDFs in both English and French at Healthy Minds BC.

Supporting School Mental Health

MCFD is committed to making mental health prevention and early intervention supports available in schools. The 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 through A Pathway to Hope Progress report as does the Ministry of Education through the Mental Health in Schools strategy.

Together, we are working with the education sector and our ministry partners to contribute to a sustainable and comprehensive plan for supporting school mental health.