Well-being & Mental Health

Student mental health and well-being

 

Student well-being is critical to student success. When students are preoccupied with emotional concerns, they cannot participate fully in learning.

Similarly, students who are experiencing academic challenges due to learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities or other learning challenges can develop mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression.


What is mental health?
 

 

Mental health is a state of well-being that helps individuals reach their potential. When we have positive mental health, we can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and make contributions to our communities.

Mental health problems are emotional, behavioural and brain-related problems that interfere with development, relationships and functioning. It’s sometimes hard to recognize mental health problems. They can look like other difficulties, for example: defiance, aggression, avoidance or withdrawal.

Mental Health exists on a continuum. People can fluctuate between wellness and illness at different times in their life. When we recognize signs of mental health problems early and provide the right supports quickly, we can improve the outcomes for children and youth.

What is resilience?


Resilience refers to the ability to cope with problems and set-backs that happen as a natural part of life. Resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope and recover from problems and challenges.

There are many ways we can promote positive mental health and resilience. People can learn how to become more resilient as they grow and develop. There are certain characteristics and circumstances that help to improve a person’s ability to be resilient:

  • Healthy sleep habits

  • Healthy eating habits

  • Exercise

  • Connection with the community, a sense of belonging

  • Participation in music, sports, art or activities you enjoy

  • Friends and family that are positive, supportive and loving

  • Positive school experiences and connections

  • Positive self-esteem

  • Cultural or spiritual connections

  • Skills related to communicating, problem-solving

  • Social and emotional skills

Tips for supporting your child or teen


It’s natural for students to feel occasional stress, and it’s not uncommon for students to need support to assist with

their mental health and well-being. Parents can help by providing practical support:

  • help your child/teen create a schedule

  • offer to help your child/teen prioritize assignments

  • be available to listen to your child/teen when they need to talk and avoid making judgments

If you feel your child or teen may need additional support, start by contacting your family doctor. Contact the school as well to make staff aware of your concerns. School staff will also contact parents if they’re concerned about students.

Schools and parents need to work as a team to support students.

Support is available within the SCDSB

 

We provide training to staff to help them recognize signs that a student may need additional support.

Students are encouraged to reach out to someone at school if they’re feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.

Their guidance counsellor, student success teacher, special education teacher or classroom teacher can help. We also have a team of professionals available to assist:

  • 12 social workers

  • 29 child and youth workers (CYWs), including two First Nations, Métis and Inuit workers

  • five psychologists & five attendance counsellors

  • two mental health & addiction nurses

Support is available in Simcoe County

24 hour mental health crisis line 1-888-893-8333 or 705-728-5044
Canadian Mental Health Association 1-800-461-4319
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
Kinark 1-888-454-6275
Mobile Crisis Line  1-888-893-8333 or 905-310-COPE
Newpath 705-725-7656

Access the 211 directory by phone (dial 2-1-1) or at www.211ontario.ca for information on community resources related to a specific concern.

 

Other Resources:

Community Resources

Alliston Community Resources

Crisis Lines:
Mental Health Crisis Line - 1-800-728-5044
Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868 
Children’s Aid Society - 705-435-4348

Mental Health Support:
New Path - 705-725-7656 (intake) - 705-434-0477
Catholic Family Services 705-726-2570 (1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 1-7 p.m. clinic in Alliston).
Mary McGill - 705-434-5140
Canadian Mental Health Association - 705-435-4559
Southlake - 905-853-2227
Kinark - 1-888-454-6275

Eating Disorders:
Simcoe County Eating Disorder Service - 705-728-9090 ext. 47221

Bereavement:
Matthew’s House - 705-435-7218
Season’s Centre for Grieving Children - 705-721-5437
Rainbows - -726-7407
Hospice Simcoe - 705-722-5995

Addiction Concerns:
Addiction Services York Region - 905-841-7007
Al-Anon/Al-Ateen - 705-730-3307
Mental Health and Addictions Services - 705-435-4559 
DART (24 hr Drug and Alcohol Hotline) - 1-800-565-8603

Sexual Health Community Contacts:
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - 1-877-721-7520
Telehealth Ontario - 1-866-797-0000
Athena’s Sexual Assault and Counselling and Advocacy Centre - 705-725-1450

Resources:
Youth Haven (outreach counselling services, housing 16-24 years old Barrie) - 705-739-7616
Big Brothers/Big Sisters - 705-435-4782
Food Bank - 705-435-3258
Ontario Works - 705-722-3132
Legal Services (free advice) - 1-800-461-8953
LGBTQ Youth Line - 1-800-268-9688
Kerry’s Place - 905-713-6808
My Sister’s Place Women’s Shelter - 705-435-3835
Catulpa Community Support Services - 1-705-725-7997
MacKenzie Health - 705-728-9143
Stevenson Memorial Hospital - 705-434-5140

Barrie Community Resources

Crisis Lines:
Mental Health Crisis Line - 1-800-728-5044
Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868 
Telecare - 705-726-7922
Children’s Aid Society - 705-726-6587

Mental Health Support:
New Path - 705-725-7656 (intake)
Catholic Family Services - 705-726-2503
Canadian Mental Health Association - 705-725-5491
Kinark - 1-888-454-6275
RVH Mental Health Support Services - 705-728-9802
Barrie Family and Friends Mental Health Support Group - 705-725-0363

Eating Disorders:
Simcoe County Eating Disorder Service - 705-728-9090 ext. 47221

Bereavement:
Season’s Centre for Grieving Children - 705-721-5437
Rainbows - 705-726-7407
Hospice Simcoe - 705-722-5995

Addiction Concerns:
Al-Anon/Al-Ateen - 705-730-3307
CMHA, Substance Abuse Services - 705-726-5033
DART (24 hr Drug and Alcohol Hotline) - 1-800-565-8603
Barrie Alcoholics Anonymous - 705-725-8682
Barrie Narcotics Anonymous - 705-730-6544
RVH Withdraw Management Services (Detox) - 705-728-4226

Sexual Health Community Contacts:
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - 705-721-7520
Telehealth Ontario - 1-866-797-0000
Athena’s Sexual Assault and Counselling and Advocacy Centre - 705-725-1450

Resources:
Youth Haven (outreach counselling services, housing 16-24 years old Barrie) - 705-739-7616
Big Brothers/Big Sisters - 705-728-0515
Food Bank - 705-725-1818
Ontario Works - 705-722-3132
Legal Services (free advice) - 1-800-461-8953
LGBTQ Youth Line - 1-800-268-9688
Kerry’s Place - 905-713-6808
Simcoe Community Services - 705-727-1235
Women and Children’s Shelter - 705-728-6300
Catulpa Community Support Services - 705-725-7997
MacKenzie Health - 705-728-9143
YMCA - 705-726-6421
YMCA Youth Services - 705-726-5572
Salvation Army - 705-726-6421
Elizabeth Fry Society - 705-725-0613

Bradford Community Resources

Crisis Lines:
Community Mental Health Line - 310-COPE
Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868 
Children’s Aid Society - 905-775-4336

Mental Health Support:
New Path - 705-725-7656 (intake) Bradford 905-775-4533
Catholic Family Services - 705-726-2570 (2nd and 4th Tuesdays 1-7 p.m.)
Canadian Mental Health Association - 905-853-8477
Southlake - 905-853-2227
Kinark - 1-888-454-6275

Eating Disorders:
Simcoe County Eating Disorder Service - 705-728-9090 ext. 47221

Bereavement:
Season’s Centre for Grieving Children - 705-721-5437
Rainbows - 705-726-7407
Hospice Simcoe - 705-722-5995

Addiction Concerns:
Addiction Services York Region - 905-841-7007
Al-Anon/Al-Ateen - 705-730-3307
Mental Health and Addictions Services - 705-726-5033 
DART (24 hr Drug and Alcohol Hotline) - 1-800-565-8603

Sexual Health Community Contacts:
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - 1-877-721-7520
Telehealth Ontario - 1-866-797-0000
Athena’s Sexual Assault and Counselling and Advocacy Centre - 705-725-1450

Resources:
Youth Haven (outreach counselling services, housing 16-24 years old Barrie) - 705-739-7616
Big Brothers/Big Sisters - 905-895-0289
Food Bank - 905-775-2824
Ontario Works - 705-722-3132
Legal Services (free advice) - 1-800-461-8953
Salvation Army - 1-905-830-1656
YMCA - 905-936-6866
LGBTQ Youth Line - 1-800-268-9688
Kerry’s Place - 905-713-6808
MacKenzie Health - 705-728-9143

Collingwood and Stayner Community Resources

Crisis Lines:
Mental Health Crisis Line - 1-800-728-5044
Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868 
Telecare - 705-726-7922
Children’s Aid Society - 705-444-9160

Mental Health Support:
New Path - 705-725-7656 (intake); 705-445-4181
Catholic Family Services (clinic 1stThursday of the month with New Path) - 705-726-2503
Canadian Mental Health Association - 705-725-5491; 705-444-2558
Kinark - 1-888-454-6275
Georgian Bay Family Health Team - 705-444-5885
South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre- 705-422-0900
Ramblewood

Eating Disorders:
Simcoe County Eating Disorder Service - 705-728-9090 ext. 47221
Eating Disorder Association - 705-444-8601

Bereavement:
Season’s Centre for Grieving Children - 705-721-5437
Rainbows - 705-444-2555
Hospice Simcoe - 705-722-5995

Addiction Concerns:
Al-Anon/Al-Ateen - 705-730-3307
Mental Health and Addictions Services - 705-444-2558
DART (24 hr Drug and Alcohol Hotline) - 1-800-565-8603
Barrie Alcoholics Anonymous - 705-725-8682
Barrie Narcotics Anonymous - 705-730-6544

Sexual Health Community Contacts:
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - 705-721-7520
Telehealth Ontario - 1-866-797-0000
Athena’s Sexual Assault and Counselling and Advocacy Centre - 705-725-1450

Resources:
Youth Haven (outreach counselling services, housing 16-24 Barrie) - 705-739-7616
Big Brothers/Big Sisters - 705-445-2330
Food Bank - 705-445-9222
Ontario Works - 705-722-3132
Legal Services (free advice) - 1-800-461-8953
LGBTQ Youth Line - 1-800-268-9688
Kerry’s Place - 905-713-6808
My Friend’s House and Crisis Centre - 705-444-2586
Catulpa Community Support Services - 705-725-7997
MacKenzie Health - 705-728-9143
YMCA Collingwood - 705-445-5705
YMCA Wasaga Beach - 705-429-9622
YMCA Youth Services - 705-726-5572
Community Information Centre - 705-445-0641
Salvation Army - 705-445-0490
The Door, Youth Centre - 705-445-5445
Georgian Triangle Housing Resource Centre - 705-445-0643
Tracks (Job Connect) - 705-444-1580
Wasaga Beach Youth Centre - 705-422-2494
Young Parent Resource Room - 705-444-8578

Midland Community Resources

Crisis Lines:
Mental Health Crisis Line - 1-800-728-5044
Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868 
Telecare - 705-726-7922
Children’s Aid Society - 705-526-9341

Mental Health Support:
Kinark - 1-888-454-6275
Chigamik - 705-527-4154
Wendat - 705-526-1305
Catholic Family Services (Clinic 1st, 3rd, 5th Tues. 1 - 6:30) - 705-526-9397
Canadian Mental Health Association - 705-725-5491
Huronia District Hospital - 705-526-3751
Rainbows - 705-525-9525
Hospice Simcoe - 705-722-5995
Waypoint - 705-549-3181

Addiction Concerns:
Al-Anon/Al-Ateen - 705-526-3305
Mental Health and Addictions Services - 705-526-0393
DART (24 hr Drug and Alcohol Hotline) - 1-800-565-8603
Midland Alcoholics Anonymous - 705-526-3305
Midland Narcotics Anonymous - 705-526-3305

Sexual Health Community Contacts:
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - 705-526-9325
Telehealth Ontario - 1-866-797-0000
Athena’s Sexual Assault and Counselling & Advocacy Centre - 705-725-1450

Resources:
Youth Haven (housing 16-21 Barrie) - 705-739-7617
Big Brothers/Big Sisters - 705-526-5051
Food Bank - 705-526-7585
Ontario Works - 705-722-3132
Legal Services (free advice) - 1-800-461-8953
LGBTQ Youth Line - 1-800-268-9688
Kerry’s Place - 905-713-6808
Rosewood Shelter - 705-526-3221
Catulpa Community Support Services - 1-705-725-7997
MacKenzie Health - 705-728-9143
YMCA - 705-526-7828
YMCA Youth Services - 705-526-0845
Young Parent Program YMCA - 705-526-4599
Salvation Army - 705-526-5683
Young Parent Resource - 705-527-7500
Job Connect (age 16-24) - 705-526-9256
Midland Youth Centre - 705-526-6159
Native Friendship Centre - 705-526-5589

Orillia Community Resources

Crisis Lines:
Mental Health Crisis Line - 705-728-5044
Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868
Telecare Distress Line - 705-325-9534
Children’s Aid Society - 705-325-1005

Mental Health Support:
New Path - 705-725-7656 (intake), Orillia 705-325-6161
Catholic Family Services - 705-326-6502
Canadian Mental Health Association - 705-725-5491
Couchiching Family Health Team - 705-327-4141
Counselling Centre Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital - 705-327-9112
Soldier’s Memorial Hospital Mental Health Services - 705-327-9122

Eating Disorders:
Soldier’s Memorial Hospital Eating Disorder Clinic - 705-325-2201 ext. 3337
Simcoe County Eating Disorder Service - 705-728-9090 ext. 47221

Bereavement:
Season’s Centre for Grieving Children - 705-721-5437
Rainbows - 705-326-9941
Survivors of Suicide Support - 705-327-5970
Hospice Simcoe - 705-722-5995

Addiction Concerns:
Al-Anon/Al-Ateen - 705-730-3307
Mental Health and Addictions Services - 705-726-5033
DART (24 hr Drug and Alcohol Hotline) - 1-800-565-8603

Sexual Health Community Contacts:
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit - 1-877-721-7520
Telehealth Ontario - 1-866-797-0000
Orillia Pregnancy Crisis Centre - 705-326-8228
Athena’s Sexual Assault and Counselling and Advocacy Centre - 705-725-1450

Resources:
Orillia Youth Centre - 705-325-8082
Youth Haven (outreach counselling services, housing 16-24 Barrie) - 705-739-7616
Big Brothers/Big Sisters - 705-325-3151
Food Bank - 705-327-4273
Ontario Works - 705-722-3132
Legal Services (free advice) - 1-800-461-8953
Salvation Army - 705-326-3284
YMCA - 705-326-6168
Enaahtig Outreach - 705-330-4059
Green Haven Shelter (Crisis Line) - 705-327-7319
LGBTQ Youth Line - 1-800-268-9688
Community Legal Clinic - 705-326-6444
Information Orillia - 705-326-7743