*If you are a Student or Caregiver and seeking Mental Health support
Please Text (226-402-1593)
Mental Health and Wellbeing Supports Provided by SCCDSB
In some way, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on the mental wellbeing of all of us. For some, the effects are greater and can impact learning. Some students and families may have experienced significant emotional difficulties during these past number of months, which have impacted their learning and wellbeing. (CAMH, 2020).
Regulated and accredited Mental Health Professionals from the Student Support and Wellbeing Team are available for continued and new virtual counselling with students throughout the school year. In addition, consultation services are available for parents and caregivers, regarding mental health supports for their children and youth.
Please note that if students or their parents are concerned about a student's adjustment, engagement with learning, or elevated anxiety about school and the eventual return to school, we have a team of mental health counsellors available to provide services over the school year.
SCCDSB counsellors are also working in collaboration with Mental Health and Addiction Nurses to respond to student needs for counselling.
Students, Parents and Caregivers can either be referred by a classroom teacher or self refer. The self referral form can be completed by you and you will receive a call within 72 hours. The link is https://forms.gle/nb3kDmHje4ATYSYA7
For further information on mental health and wellbeing supports from the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, contact Christine Preece, Mental Health Lead at 226-402-1593.
What is Mental Well-being?
Well-being is when we take care of our body, mind (brain) and spirit (soul). We have to work to make our bodies, minds and spirits healthy. We work on our well-being when we meditate, play outside, get lots of sleep, be kind to others, take time to read a book, relax by colouring, praying to God, exercising and eating healthy foods To keep healthy we need to listen to what our bodies are telling us through our sensations (sweaty, heavy, calm, fluttery) and our feelings (happy, sad, angry). When we have healthy bodies, minds and spirits, we can enjoy our time at school more, learn, focus better and play with our family and friends. It is important to do these things everyday to stay healthy.
Who are We?
Our team consisting of social workers and child & youth workers focus on mental well-being 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 Well-being 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.
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.
Students attending schools within the SCCDSB have increased positive lifelong coping and resiliency skills.
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.
This past year and a half has reminded us that parents are on the frontlines—the last line of defense—protecting our children from the repercussions of the pandemic. As we move forward, addressing burnout is essential to supporting our wellbeing! Please see this resource adapted by Kendra Wilde.
Tips for Tired Parents.
Helping Your Child Manage Digital Technology.
For more information contact Christine Preece (Mental Health Lead) - firstname.lastname@example.org