Resources for Educators
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Board Level Supports Include:
- Character Networks Team
- Safe Schools Team
- System Alternative Education Team
- Community and Continuing Education
- Special Education Consultants
- Social Workers
- Psychoeducational Consultants
- Autism Team
- Speech and Language Consultants
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Team
- Educational Assistants
- Student Success Educational Assistants
- Early Childhood Educators
Online Community Resources
In the community, you may find support from your family doctor or medical health team as well as:
- Aboriginal Health Centre (De Dwa Da Dehs Ney>s – Provides mental health outreach services, counselling, case management, wellness plans, service coordination and referrals, community education and resource co-ordination and networking.
- Alcohol, Drug, and Gambling Clinics and Programs – ADGS provides counselling for people with concerns about alcohol, drugs (over age 23) or gambling (over age 12) and information and support for family and friends. This website provides further details about their services, and information and resource links.
- Alternatives for Youth – Provides drug and alcohol related services for 12 to 22 year olds and their families. This website provides a summary of programs and services offered, the approach they take, contact information and resource web links.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton – Provides safe, supportive places where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life (ie. drop-in programs, childcare, camp, employment, etc.).
- COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team) – A program of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The website offers crisis information including the 24 hour crisis line and information for youth, adults and seniors. Under COAST for Youth, learn about their service, frequently asked questions, quick facts, topic information and resources.
- Contact Hamilton – An entry point to services for children and youth with emotional, behavioural or developmental concerns and adults with developmental disabilities in Hamilton-Wentworth. This website offers information about their service, an outline of Hamilton Children’s Services, a resource database and links to other websites.
- Good Shepherd – Housing, food, women’s services, youth services, health clinics, crisis, employment, and mental health programs.
- Hamilton Police Services – Learn about the services of HPS, news and media releases and related information.
- Hamilton Regional Indian Centre – A variety of programs, including: health and wellness, nutrition, family support, alternative education, healthy babies/healthy children, employment, cultural activities for children and youth, alcohol/drug services, etc.
- John Howard Society – Provides a range of prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation programs that alleviate issues related to crime and its root causes. This website outlines their local services, resources, and provides news and events, links to JHS Ontario, policy publications, etc.
- Sexual Health Clinics – Provide many services including testing for sexually transmitted infections and birth control. Testing for sexually transmitted infections is available for males and females of any age. Birth control is available based on medical eligibility. Obtain clinic hours and locations, contact information and relevant links.
- The AIDS Network – Offers education as well as services and support to men, women, children and families who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services – This program offers specialized mental health services to immigrant and refugee children, youth, and their families who have experienced trauma in another country, while on their journey to Canada, or while in Canada.
- Wesley Urban Ministries – Children, Youth & Family Services, Neighborhood & Newcomer Services, and Housing & Homelessness Services.
- YMCA – Provides health and fitness, child care, immigrant services, employment services, camp opportunities and community initiatives.
- Youth Wellness Centre – Provides expert mental health care by appointment including counselling, support and navigation services for young people aged 17-25.
- YWCA – Provides multiple programs and services for women and girls, including: transitional housing, childcare, employment programs, health and wellness programs, developmental services, and seniors active living centre.
***For a more thorough list of youth services in Hamilton, check out The Youth Services Guide produced by Hamilton Public Health Services.***
Online Educator Resources and Information
- AnxietyBC Information and resources from the Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia about understanding, recognizing and managing different types of anxiety. Self-help tools are provided. There are separate sections for different age groups/populations (youth and young adults, adults, parents, educators and health professionals). Articles and resource links in English and several other languages.
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Information about the Centre and its services. Under “Health Information” tab, find ‘Mental Health & Addiction A-Z’, ‘Info for Parents’, ‘Info for Children & Youth, ‘Info in Languages other than English’, and ‘Finding Help’.
- Children’s Mental Health Ontario Mental health resources for parents, professionals and children and youth as well as mental health events, news, resources and reports.
- Collaborative Mental Health Care in Canada User-friendly child and youth mental health toolkits with an overview of topic, assessment/screens, handouts, treatment and self-help resources, workbooks, videos, websites, phone apps and interactive games.
- Edugains – Mental Health Video Resources A variety of print and video resources for educators and administrators about mental health and its place in the Ontario curriculum and creating supportive learning environments.
- Hincks-Dellcrest Centre The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre is a children’s mental health treatment, research and teaching centre. Under Resources and Publications, view the ABCs of Mental Health which includes a Teacher Resource and Parent Resource. Read through information on mental health. Both of these include a separate section on building mental health, as well as individual chapters on mental health problems.
- Lives in the Balance (Changing the conversation about ^and with behaviourally challenging kids). This website of Child Psychologist Ross W. Greene, Ph.D. contains an ample amount of free resources – including guided tours, streaming video, a vast Listening Library, and lots of other helpful information and tools. Parents/caregivers and educators will find this website useful in understanding and applying the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions approach which is being used throughout HWDSB.
- mindcheck.ca B.C.-based website to help young people, families and professionals through education, self-care tools, downloads of promotional materials and curriculum resources. Also includes information on how to support someone with mental health concerns and promoting mental wellness.
- MindUP Curriculum MindUP™ was created through a collaboration of neuroscientists, positive psychologists and educators to create the evidence-based training program for teachers and children called MindUP™. Based in neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology, MindUP™ teaches children greater emotional self-control, resiliency and helps develop better decision-making skills. MindUP™ teaches kids about their brain, their most powerful tool and how to reduce stress. In 15 lessons, MindUP™ provides training for complex problem solving skills and building greater concentration. The end result – children are able to engage in learning, becoming less reactive and more focused in school.
- Ontario Mental Health Helpline Free information about mental health services in Ontario. Find programs and services in your area through directory, chat or email. Quick facts information, slideshows, quizzes, order or print resources including posters and wallet-sized cards and resource links.
- Ophea Healthy Schools Healthy Communities Ophea is a not-for-profit organization that champions healthy, active living in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships and advocacy, and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Offers teaching tools (lesson plans, supplements and activities), videos, information on the foundations of a healthy school, government policies and strategies, supporting organizations, community engagement tools, downloadable posters and professional learning.
- Portico Canada’s mental health and addiction network Portico is a network of addiction and mental health sites from across Canada that offers clinical tools and evidence-based materials helpful for professionals, those with lived experience and families. You will find a Disorders quick reference, a discussion platform, toolkits, videos and under the Learn tab, there is a link for ‘Mental Health in the Classroom – Resources for Teachers’. Check out their Health Promotion Resource Centre at www.porticonetwork.ca/web/camh-hprc
- Psychology Foundation of Canada Program downloads for parents, schools and professionals including booklets on stress management at home/ school and in the workplace, building resiliency, and diversity. Also includes links to videos.
- School Mental Health ASSIST (SMH ASSIST) SMH-ASSIST was designed to help Ontario school boards to promote student mental health and well-being. Find information about SMH-ASSIST, resource tools for the classroom and school/system leaders such as the Decision Support Tool.
- Self-Injury Outreach and Support A collaborative project between McGill University and Guelph University – 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. Includes personal stories, downloadable guidelines for friends, partners, families and school professionals, coping tips guide printout, and resource links.
- Youth Line Founded in 1993, Youth Line offers peer-based support through a toll-free phone line, text or online chat to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning young people across Ontario. The website has helpful information including guidelines for creating positive spaces, coping tools, phone apps, web links and referrals.
Online Research Resources
- Canadian Mental Health Association Information about CMHA and getting involved, facts and information on mental health topics, brochures and guidebooks, mental fitness tips, media releases, policy documents, and research reports.
- The Offord Centre for Child Studies A multi-disciplinary research institute focused on studying ways to improve the lives, health and development of children and youth. Find information and Centre of Knowledge Pamphlets on mental health disorders in different languages, research and resource links.
- Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health The Centre works with Ontario child and youth mental health agencies to strengthen services and build an effective and accessible system of care. They offer a diverse collection of tools, services, products and trainings to help professionals find, use and share evidence that will improve outcomes on the front line of care. See videos, toolkits, policy papers, learning modules, school materials and a measures database.
Ministry and Board Resources
- Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario (April 2014)
- Learning for All; A Guide to Effective Assessment & Instruction for All Students, Kindergarten to Grade 12 (2013)
- Leading Mentally Health Schools
- Moving on Mental Health
- Ontario’s Well-Being Strategy for Education – Discussion Document
- Using an Equity Lens; A Guide to Creating Equitable and Inclusive School Environments