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Supporting Mental Health at the SCDSB 

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 Vision, Mission & Values

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 (housing 16-21 Barrie) - 705-739-7617
    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 (housing 16-21 year-olds) - 705-739-7617
    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 (housing 16-21 Barrie) - 705-739-7617
    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 (housing 16-21 Barrie) - 705-739-7617
    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 (housing 16-21 Barrie) - 705-739-7617
    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