As part of our Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, we are committed to supporting our students. Together with our community partners, the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) provides access to services that meet the mental health needs of our students.
The following are some of the initiatives the YCDSB offers to support student mental health and well being:
- Registered mental health professionals, sometimes together with Behaviour Resource Staff, provide classroom workshops (elementary and secondary) on topics such as “Stress, Time Management and Maintaining Your Mental Health,” “Mindfulness for Teens,” “All About Anxiety,” and “Kids Have Stress Too.”
- Psychoeducational groups for high school students offered by registered mental health professionals – “Worriers to Warriors” and “Mood Bump.”
- Individual, short-term psychotherapy provided by registered mental health professionals.
- Individual psychotherapy provided by community partners such as COMPASS, Addiction Services of York Region and Mental Health and Addiction Nurses (MHAN).
- Educator inservicing to help identify students in need, to help students develop social-emotional learning skills, resources to build mental health awareness and literacy.
- The YCDSB also works together with School Mental Health Ontario to support student mental health. Their website provides evidence – based information and resources for educators, parents/families, students, mental health professionals and other school staff.
Where can you find more information and get support at school?
Parents and students are encouraged to connect with their school directly if you have any mental health concerns, either through the administrator or guidance counselor. Our school support staff, including guidance counselors, chaplains, behaviour resource staff, psychological services staff, and mental health workers, are available to determine the best way to support individual students.
For crisis lines, help phone lines, counseling resources and resources for specific concerns in York Region, please refer to the Community and Online Mental Health Resources.