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Mental Health

UCDSB SUPPORTS FOR STUDENT WELLNESS, LIVING SKILLS AND SELF-CARE

Our 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 which addresses mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention activities. The strategy 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. Targeted classroom programs have been made available to schools and classrooms that build coping and resiliency. These include: Roots of Empathy, MindMasters, FRIENDS, Zones of Regulation, and mental health workshops from MyHealth magazine. In addition, staff training in suicide prevention and intervention techniques has been implemented, and continues (see our community’s Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Risk Review Protocol).

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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