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Mental Health Workshops, Groups and Resources

COVID-19 has challenged many of us when it comes to our mental health and well-being. Sadly, not everyone is finding the supports they need.

To help, we have collected a list of resources that HWDSB offers our school communities. This includes a wide variety of workshops and groups for students, as well as for their parents, guardians and caregivers. We have also collected relevant resources from School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO).

Please explore and share the resources found below, including our We Help Update for spring 2022 that features special events for Mental Week Week (May 2-6).

In case of crisis, call 911 or visit your local hospital emergency room. For urgent support, contact Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868; www.kidshelpphone.ca; text CONNECT) or COAST Hamilton (905-972-8338; www.coasthamilton.ca).


Please find below some activities and resources available for Mental Health Week, which takes place May 2-6, 2022. Most activities are appropriate for students in grades 6 to 12 and links to register have been included.

Event Description Date Registration Link
Exploring Empathy: A Canadian Conversation

 

Join the CMHA in kicking off Mental Health Week with a virtual conversation exploring empathy. Join award-winning humanitarian and CMHA volunteer, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Mental Health Speaker & Founder of #SickNotWeak Michael Landsberg, Clinical Traumatologist, Kayla Breelove Carter, for an hour of thoughtful conversation on how to bring empathy to life. This presentation is for all students. Monday, May 2 from 12-1 p.m. Click here to register
How to support a friend when you are concerned about their mental well-being  Join Jill Dennison from the Canadian Mental Health Association and a guest with lived experience (TAMI) as they discuss How to support a friend when you are concerned about their mental well-being (with a focus on empathy and validation). This presentation is for grades 6 to 12 students. Wednesday, May 4 at 9 a.m. Click here to register
Ways to Wellness and Fun  Jill Dennison from the Canadian Mental Health Association will present fun activities that will promote an understanding of mental health and well-being. This presentation is for grades 6 to 12 students. Friday, May 6 at 1:15 p.m. Click here to register
What is Anxiety?  Join Jill Dennison from the Canadian Mental Health Association and a guest with lived experience (TAMI) as they discuss What is Anxiety? (Including a focus on coping strategies). This presentation is for grades 6 to 12 students. Monday, May 9 at 1 p.m. Click here to register

TRAILS to Wellness Skills Group – For students in grades 9 to 12 struggling with depression and/or anxiety. This is a 10-session group for students based on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy that teaches the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours as well as providing relaxation and mindfulness skills. The group is offered virtually through MS Teams. A device will be provided if needed. For more information, please email wehelp@hwdsb.on.ca.

mental health resources for students pdfResources for Students

Community Supports and Mental Health Resources for Students (May 2022)

Use HWDSB’s Community Supports and Mental Health Resources for Students list to find:

  • Individual Supports
  • Group Supports
  • Provincial Resources
  • Crisis Services
  • Community Supports
Session Title Date Time Link to Register/Attend
Virtual Drop-In Support April 27 6:30 p.m. hwdsb.info/Apr27drop-in
Virtual Drop-In Support May 10 12 p.m. hwdsb.info/May10drop-in
Emotion Coaching May 11 9:30 a.m. hwdsb.info/EC-May11
Lunch and Learn: Anxiety May 17 12 p.m. hwdsb.info/May17anxiety
Lunch and Learn: ADHD May 24 12 p.m. hwdsb.info/May24ADHD
Virtual Drop-In Support May 25 6:30 p.m. hwdsb.info/May25drop-in
Emotion Coaching May 25 6:30 p.m. hwdsb.info/EC-May25
Lunch and Learn: Depression May 31 12 p.m. hwdsb.info/May31Depression
Virtual Drop-In Support June 7 12 p.m. wdsb.info/June7drop-in
Emotion Coaching June 7 12 p.m. hwdsb.info/EC-June7
Child in Crisis June 8 12 p.m. hwdsb.info/June8Crisis
Virtual Drop-In Support June 21 12 p.m. hwdsb.info/June21drop-in
Emotion Coaching June 22 6:20 p.m. hwdsb.info/EC-June22

Learn more about Groups and Workshops

Emotion Coaching for Parents and Caregivers

The pandemic has increased stress for children and youth – and this has challenged the caregivers who support them. In response, we invite caregivers to explore Emotion Coaching in a series of 90-minute webinars and/or a six-week parent/caregiver group.

Emotion Coaching is a communication strategy that can calm the brain in as little as 60 seconds, and help improve relationships. Register for one of the 90-minute webinars below:

To register for the six-week caregiver group, please call the Hamilton Family Health Team, Mental Health Groups line at 905-667-4852.
*We encourage caregivers to participate in a webinar before joining the caregiver group, however it is not required.

PDF Flyer: Emotion Coaching for Parents-Caregivers Spring 2022
Parent/Caregiver Cheat Sheet: Emotion Coaching Cheat Sheet for Parents and Caregivers
Video: Learn more about Emotion Coaching at HWDSB

Mental Health Lunch and Learn Series

Register for one of our virtual Lunch and Learn sessions where HWDSB staff will discuss specific topics related to mental health. Find the different events below and use the associated link to register.

Lunch and Learn: What is Anxiety? This session will focus on anxiety in children – what is it and how parents/caregivers can help. Tuesday, May 17 from 12-1 p.m. Register: hwdsb.info/May17anxiety
Lunch and Learn: ADHD This session will focus on a better understanding ADHD and what parents/ caregivers can do to support their child. Tuesday. May 24 from 12-1 p.m. Register: hwdsb.info/May24ADHD
Lunch and Learn: Depression – when it’s more than sadness  This session will focus on understanding and supporting children who are experiencing low mood, including: how to identify signs and symptoms, and what parents/caregivers can do to help. Tuesday, May 31 from 12-1 p.m. Register: hwdsb.info/May31Depression

What to do if Your Child is in Crisis?

Join us as we talk with staff from McMaster Children’s Hospital about what to do if your child is in a mental health crisis. The session will touch on when and who to call, as well as what to expect if your child needs to go to the hospital. This virtual session takes place June 8, 2022 from 12-1 p.m.

Register: hwdsb.info/June8Crisis

Virtual Drop-In Support

Do you have concerns about your child/teen’s mental health and well-being? Are they struggling with anxiety or low mood and you are unsure of how to help them? Join staff from Social Work and Psychological Services via MS Teams to discuss concerns and learn of strategies as well as supports available through the school board and community. Find drop-in dates below and use the associated link to register.

Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Register: hwdsb.info/Apr27drop-in
Tuesday, May 10 at 12 p.m. Register: hwdsb.info/May10drop-in
Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. Register: hwdsb.info/May25drop-in
Tuesday, June 7 at 12 p.m. Register: hwdsb.info/June7drop-in
Tuesday, June 21 at 12 p.m. Register: hwdsb.info/June21drop-in

Resources for Parents

Community Supports and Mental Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers (May 2022)
mental health resources for parents
Use HWDSB’s Community Supports and Mental Health Resources for Parents list to find:

  • Individual Supports
  • Workshops & Groups
  • Resources by Topic
  • Provincial Resources
  • Crisis Services
  • Community Supports
Updated on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
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