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Last updated on Wednesday, July 08, 2015.

Mental health and learning influence one another. Schools are an ideal place to help promote and support student mental health and well-being, and to identify the early signs of when students may be struggling with a mental health problem.

At Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), we are committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of our students through our Mental Health Strategy. Our effort has led us to be the school board lead for School Mental Health ASSIST – an initiative of the Ministry of Education, led by HWDSB’s Dr. Kathy Short and Director of Education, John Malloy.

HWDSB’s Mental Health Strategy

 

HWDSB’s Mental Health Strategy

Our district mental health strategy:

  • provides leadership and coordination of mental health activities within our board,
  • supports schools in choosing and offering initiatives,
  • provides knowledge and skills training, and
  • works closely with our community partners.

During 2012-2013 our Mental Health Strategy action plan will:

  1. Support Schools Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s Mental Health Leadership Team will provide hands-on planning and implementation coaching to help school leaders strengthen climates of well-being.
  2. Support Staff Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s Mental Health Leadership Team will provide resources for professional learning to build awareness, literacy, and expertise.
  3. Support Programs Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s Mental Health Leadership Team is piloting two programs (Coping Power and Positive Action), designed to support student mental health and well-being
  4. Support Students Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s Mental Health Leadership Team is building a safety net through a strong focus on suicide prevention.

Documents

Links to more information

If you are in crisis or need urgent help visit Kids Help Phone; or call 1.800.668.6868; or COAST Hamilton or call 905.972.8338.

For Students

Mental Health

Kids Help Phone

Phone and web counselling for youth under the age of 20. Support is free, 24/7, anonymous and confidential.

Mind your Mind

This is a place for youth and emerging adults to access info, resources and tools during tough times. Help Yourself. Help each other. Share what you live and know.

Self-Injury Outreach & Support (SIOS)

As part of a collaboration between the University of Guelph and McGill University, SIOS is a non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help.

For Parents

The ABC’s of Mental Health

Provides information related to different mental health concerns, according to developmental ages. Also provides information to help determine the level of concern (green-yellow or red).

ementalhealth.ca

This website provides mental health information sheets on a wide variety of topics of interest to youth, and also provides screening tools.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario

For parents and families wanting to learn more about mental health and well-being, signs and symptoms, when to get help and specific mental illnesses. Also lists books to share with children.

Self-Injury Outreach & Support (SIOS)

As part of a collaboration between the University of Guelph and McGill University, SIOS is a non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help.

Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development

Provides information pamphlets on a range of mental health topics including resiliency and mental health problems

Iris the Dragon

A series of books designed to provide information and reduce stigma about child and youth mental illnesses

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