We know that as parents/caregivers, students, educators and community members our children's and community members mental health needs are extremely important, as it is to all of us at SGDSB.
Our board is working closely with the Ministry of Education, School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) and our community mental health service providers to ensure student safety and well-being needs are being met.
We recognize that the current climate is stressful to students, families and staff. We invite you to review and access the resources listed below. In the event, you are concerned for your own mental health and well-being or the well-being of others, we encourage you to reach out to a community based mental health service provider, our school administration, a trusted adult or one of the resources below:
- School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO)
- A COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub that provides Canada's youth with easy-to-acess education, tools, support adn the reliable information they need.
- Kids Help Phone
- Children and teens can reach out to counsellors at Kids Help Phone who are available 24/7 via phone, text or online chat.
Parent/Caregiver, Staff and Community Resources
- School Mental Health Ontario
- School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO), is a provincial implementation support team. Through access to evidence-based resources and strategies, the team aims to support school boards across the province in enhancing student mental health and well-being. The website provides resources for school and system leaders, educators, students, parents/families and school mental health professionals.
- North of Superior Counselling Programs: 1-877-895-6677
- Crisis Response Services: 1-888-269-3100
- Dilico Anishinabek Family Care: 1-855-623-8511
- Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) Homewood Health
- Provides online resources through their website. For immediate and confidential support, or to book an appointment, SGDSB staff can call Homewood Health at 1-800-663-1142, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Mental Health Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Talking to your anxious child about COVID-19 - Tips for Parents and Caregivers
- Tip Sheet - Personal Resiliency
- Tip Sheet - Talking with Parents
- Information Sheet for Educators Supporting Student Mental Health During a Pendemic