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Board Supports for Mental Health
Upper Canada District School Board Marks Mental Health Week 2018
Posted on 05/13/2018

May 13, 2018 (Brockville, ON) - During the week of May 7-13th, 2018, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) celebrated Mental Health Week by spreading the word on how the Board supports the mental health of its staff and students as part of its strong commitment to wellness. 

“Our mission is to prepare every student for a successful life,” said Dr. David Armstrong, one of two UCDSB chief psychologists. “We do this through initiatives and programs that provide a safe and caring environment for staff and students, and continue to build our capacity to support our students.” 

Those supports come in several forms: 

• Each staff member has a role to play in a warm and welcoming school.  Beyond support to establish Mentally Healthy Schools, the UCDSB has many support staff across the Board to support student participation in classrooms. The Upper Canada District School Board has strong partnerships with community mental health supports and has good working relationships with children’s mental health agencies across its schools.  

• Supports through the School Mental Health Assist program, as well as resources including five-minute ‘Wellness Moments’ to our schools: five-minute wellness exercises with challenges for students and staff at the elementary, intermediate and secondary levels.  

• Scientifically proven supports from programming to online resources that help students cope. Resources include Roots of EmpathyMindmastersFriends for Life and Stick to the Facts/MyHealth Magazine 

• Staff work closely with community partners in the identification and support of children with mental illness and other difficulties.  The Board uses the Checkered Flags document to connect families to services.  

• An improved Board website with a section that specifically focuses on the mental health topics that communities want to know about. 

• Staff trained in protocols around mental health crises, such as suicide or violence.  The Board has a well-articulated process of support for these types of difficulties, which is reviewed and updated regularly.  

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Alison Inglis                          Dr. David Armstrong
Chief Psychologist                     Chief Psychologist  
Upper Canada District               Upper Canada District
School Board                             School Board
(613) 275-2112                          (613) 258-9393

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