Child and Youth Mental Health

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What is Child and Youth Mental Health and Well-Being?

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There are many ways to define mental health and well-being. HWDSB has adapted Public Health Canada’s definition to define positive mental health 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 social well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity.”

At HWDSB, we are committed to supporting the mental health and well-being of all our students and staff. We strive to conduct all our work through an equity lens recognizing that inclusion and a sense of belonging are the foundations of positive mental health and well-being.

Mental health and well-being and learning influence one another. Schools are an ideal place to help promote and support student mental health and well-being. Some ways this can occur may include:

  • Inclusive classrooms and curriculum
  • Active listening, fostering student voice and understanding student concerns
  • Building resilience and physical literacy
  • Positive Space groups
  • Programming for Aboriginal students
  • Anti-poverty initiatives
  • Social Emotional learning opportunities