As the school year comes to a close you may want to use these resources to promote students’ wellbeing and where to reach out if they need support. A resource to provide ideas on how to engage youth in these conversations can be found here: https://smho-smso.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Class-Conversation-Starters-EN.pdf
Here are a few electronic resources and links:
- SMHO No Problem Too Big or Too Small (how to ask for help)
- SMHO Self-Care 101
- WCDSB Help-seeking flyer re: local supports: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1itoDQ6jwDYTHWDZabNl8JheB1BL54HeT/view?usp=sharing
- Check out our public-facing mental health page at https://www.wcdsb.ca/programs-and-services/mental-health-and-well-being-at-wcdsb/! Staff, students and families can learn about mental health, learn calming strategies, find links to School Mental Health Ontario resources, and information about local mental health services. This will also be where you can find new resources related to promoting a mentally health return-to-school as these resources are developed over the summer months.
A few things coming and/or in development:
Summer Stress and Anxiety Boot Camp Two 1-hour workshops for students on ways to manage stress and anxiety. (First come, first served, spots limited).
Parent Wellbeing Video Series (not yet released): A series of short, recorded sessions addressing wellbeing for parents. Check the board’s Mental Health and Wellbeing page once they are released.
A team of your School Social Workers will be working in July/August supporting student wellbeing check-in’s, responding to student needs that arise in the context of our summer programming, and linking students to community resources (referrals via Guidance Teacher or School Administrator).
Transition Supports for students struggling with mental health affecting the return-to-school.
If there is more to update on these services it will be shared on the WCDSB Educator Cheat Sheet.
Supports and Resources for Students
Please be aware that Front Door (Child and Adolescent mental services for Waterloo Region), Here 24/7 (crisis services) and Kids Help Phone continue to provide mental health support to children, youth, and families during covid. Currently these services are primarily via phone or online.
https://www.frontdoormentalhealth.com/ Waterloo Region mental health access point for children/youth. (519) 749-2932
https://here247.ca/ or 1(844) 437-3247 for mental health crisis support.