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Mental Health

Mental Health

mental healthOur Board is using the curriculum and the school setting to better support students as they address new learning and student-life experiences. Under a new strategy, the Board dovetailed its Mental Health Strategy with major goals of the provincial Health and Physical Education (HPE) Curriculum to enhance student wellness, living skills and self-care.

The focus for both staff and students has been on building mental health literacy, which means understanding how to foster and maintain good mental health, knowing about mental health disorders and their treatments, and developing skills for effective help seeking. Stigma reduction activities (and as outcome) is also a focus. 

Central to the Board’s strategy is a tiered model of support for educators and students that addresses mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention activities. The str
ategy has resulted in increased staff training and support in HPE curriculum goals, workshops on the Ministry of Education’s guide Supporting Minds, substance abuse prevention training, and social-emotional learning concepts and content. 

Teachers and administrators use the Supporting Minds: An Educator's Guide to Promoting Students' Mental Health and Well-being document, in addition to targeted classroom programs have been made available to schools and classrooms that build coping and resiliency. These include: 

In addition, staff training in suicide prevention and intervention techniques has been implemented. (see our community’s Suicide Prevention,Intervention and Risk Review Protocol). 

Wellness Triangle

View the Downloadable UCDSB Supports for Wellness Document.

The Board continues to focus on enhancing communication of mental health information and the
multi-year mental health strategy, in accessible formats.

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