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Resources
 
Credible Mental Health Sources & Websites

 

  • Anxiety Canada (formerly AnxietyBC) promotes awareness of anxiety disorders and support access to proven resources and treatment.
 
  • Caring for Kids provides information including behaviour and emotional wellness topics for parents from Canada’s pediatricians.
 
  • Casel: to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school
 
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) provides information about the signs, symptoms, definitions and other important facts about mental illness conditions, disorders, substances, medications and therapies.
 
  • Connex Ontario provides 24/7 access to health services information including addiction, mental health, and problem gambling treatment services. 1-866-531-2600
 
  • Mind your Mind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. We work with community partners and young people aged 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.
 
  • Ontario Healthy Schools Coalition: an Ontario-wide, broad-based coalition, with members from public health units, school boards, hospitals, mental health agencies, universities, health-related organizations, education-related organizations, and parent and student organizations
 
  • Ontario Public Health Association: OPHA's mission is to provide leadership on issues affecting the public's health and to strengthen the impact of people who are active in public and community health throughout Ontario.
   
  • Parents of Children’s Mental Health believes that children, youth, and their families suffering from mental health challenges deserves our extreme respect and assurance. We are dedicated to improving the lives of these families. Chapters can be found throughout Ontario.
 
  • The Psychology Foundation of Canada delivers and implements psychology-based, proven programs and resources through a vast network of child-serving community partners throughout Canada.
 
  • School Mental Health Ontario work with Ontario school districts to support student mental health. This support is provided through evidence based leadership and coordination, resources, and implementation coaching support.
 
  • SickKids – About Kids Health - resources for parents on how to support your child's mental health and general wellbeing and information on the signs, symptoms and treatments of mental health illness
 
  • Supporting Minds: An Educator’s Guide to Promoting Students’ Mental Health and Well-being
 

 

Evidence Based Research

   

     Our team consisting of social workers and child & youth workers focus on mental wellbeing rather than only on mental illness. Our goal is to enhance the knowledge of all school community members about well-being, to nurture attitudes and beliefs, reduce stigma, assist others with identifying signs of mental health and substance abuse use problems and promote help-seeking behaviours among our staff and students. The Student Support and Wellbeing Team will work to service schools and their families according to their needs. They address the three levels of the School Mental Health Assist Strategy which focuses on universal supports for all students, targeted strategic interventions for the 20-25% of students exhibiting mental health needs and helping those most in need (3-10% of students) to get treatment through our community agencies.


Mission

To create positive learning conditions within the SCCDSB that allow students and staff to gain the knowledge, implement best practices and take action on the development of positive mental health.


Vision

Students attending schools within the SCCDSB have increased positive lifelong coping and resiliency skills.


Values

Our Mental Health and Addictions Strategy is informed by our values of partnership, Catholic faith, inclusive education, and evidence-based practice. These values are reflective of our overall Board values.

 

  • Partnerships include schools, families and communities working together. Some of our organizational conditions will focus on how we enhance our partnerships with children/youth, families and communities.

 

  • Inclusive education means focusing on the Whole Child and how the interaction with our staff is key to everyone’s success. Assisting staff and families gain a greater awareness of mental wellness with a goal of focusing on strengths.

 

  • Evidence-based practices and evidence informed work includes the methods by which we implement the Strategy, continuing the work that has begun, building on successes/strengths and focusing on the gaps.

 

  • Most importantly within all this we incorporate our faith-based practices which we believe have a positive impact on our school community members wellbeing.

 


For more information contact Christine Preece (Mental Health Lead) - chris.preece@sccdsb.net