Mental Health and Well-Being

mental healthMental Health & Well-Being: Information and Resources

Positive Mental Health is defined as, “the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections, and personal dignity” (Public Health Agency of Canada).

Mental health exists on a continuum which means that just like our physical health, our mental health fluctuates. There may be times when we feel overwhelmed with stress, feel sad and down, or are irritable and quick to anger. Sometimes we don't feel quite like ourselves and it can be challenging to get back to feelings of well-being.

The SMCDSB Psychology Department provides a range of support to students across the school board. Our staff include School Counsellors, Psychologists/Psychological Associates, and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Consultants. Within elementary schools, a referral for support is determined through the school team meeting process. At secondary schools, referrals are managed by the guidance department. Our school teams and Board staff also work collaboratively with many community mental health partners to coordinate support.
We know that schools provide many opportunities for children and youth to build positive social-emotional skills, to learn and practice self-care, to reduce stigma, to nurture faith, to build skills of resilience and problem-solving and to develop empathy towards others. At SMCDSB we recognize that mental health and well-being are the foundations for student achievement. Within our schools we promote positive mental health, teach social-emotional learning (SEL), support early intervention initiatives, provide direct support to students who might be struggling, and make referrals to our community partners when more support is needed. 

Please note that our Mental Health Consultation Request Form is now closed as we get ready to welcome our students back to school and learning. If you are looking for support or resources for your child or youth please reach out to the staff at your child's school. You may find it helpful to listen to our very own SMCDSB OnPoint Parenting Podcast which has 20 minute episodes focused on a range of parenting topics including anxiety, stress, mood, and the transition back to school. It may also find answers and support by looking into the other community resources, links, and handouts on this website located in the tabs below or to the left of the page. 

Please check out the resources below.

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