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.
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.
For more information contact Christine Preece (Mental Health Lead) - firstname.lastname@example.org