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Student Mental Health & Well-Being

Student Mental Health & Well-Being

The Upper Canada District School Board cares about the health and well-being of all of our students. We make sure to demonstrate it through our programs and our values in the UCDSB. We strive to ensure that our students feel safe, included, and ready to learn every time they come to school. 

The UCDSB 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 combined its Mental Health Strategy with 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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