Wainwright on Wellness

Mental Health Capacity Building in Schools

What is WOW?

WOW provides education, programs and support services related to mental health promotion and mental illness prevention for students, families and staff in schools.

The areas that WOW focuses support and programming include:

  • Mental health
  • Transition support
  • Addictions prevention
  • Family violence prevention

and healthy relationships

  • Stress, anxiety and coping
  • Cyber-safety
  • Stigma reduction
  • Healthy eating, etc.

What is WOW con’t….

Our program provides services in three different ways:




Who is WOW?

  • Wainwright on Wellness is a school based mental health and health promotion program funded by Alberta Health Services and in partnership with Alberta Education.

  • Our advisory committee consists of a number of local agencies and organizations:
    • Military Family Resource Centre
    • RCMP
    • Lakeland College
    • FCS
    • AHS Addictions & mental health and AHS Health Promotion
    • Community members and organizations

Who is WOW con’t…

WOW staffing consists of:

  • Project Coordinator (1.0 FTE) responsible for program design, implementation & evaluation, staff supervision, report writing, budgeting, PD & acting as a provincial liaison. The PC also participates in programming, student support services and consultation
  • Wellness Facilitators (3 @ 0.6 FTE) responsible for student group programming, after school programs, classroom presentations, support and information, and awareness campaigns

Where is WOW?

  • Wainwright on Wellness began primarily as program in Wainwright Elementary and Wainwright High Schools This year, the program has extended into the Blessed Sacrament School.
  • In the past years, we have grown to include consultation, training, professional development, presentations and program support to schools throughout the region and across the province
  • Students, staff and families are all welcome to our community and large group events regardless of community, school or demographic

Where is WOW con’t?

We chat, post, blog, tweet, insta, share, like, text, check in, pin, link and connect on the web and in the social media world of our students and families!

Links, classroom tools, educational games, resources in the community, curriculum, program guides, information, etc!

WOW 2015 - Google Slides