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Before selecting programming around mental health for activities, assemblies, or presentations, consult the WCDSB  "Guide for Programs, Presentations, Videos, Social Media Campaigns, and Written / Web Material Related to Mental Health" , available from your administrator or Mental Health Lead.

Supporting Refugees in Our Community:

School Mental health Assist has created a Google sharing site that houses a collection of brief articles for families, teachers, school mental health support staff, school and system leaders about supporting students and families. You will find articles for newcomers, artticles about how to identify students who might be suffering trauma effects, and information for support staff working with newcomers in the schools.

Crisis and Trauma resource Institute Inc., webinar and presentation about supporting refugees in community:

Team Building with School Community:

Three brief presentations about reconnecting as staff, re-visiting school vision, and building positive school climate. These are short, activity-focused presentation for administrators to facilitate for staff meetings. Comes with complete speaker notes and can be modified for your school 

Leading Mentally Healthy Schools:

Leading Mentally Healthy Schools: A vision for student mental health and well-being in Ontario schools. A resource for school administrators from School Mental Health Assist:

“Stop the Sitgma.” Short video on stigma, very suitable for staff meeting, forall staff suicuide awareness :

​Foundations for a Healthy School: Updated resource provides many ideas and starting points for teams to discuss as they consider how to promote student well-being in their school communities.

Three videos that are great for understanding how early experiences affect brain development. Helpful for understanding emotional and behavioural problems. Short, engaging, and suitable for showing in staff meeting:

ABCs of Mental Health. Section for Educators. From the Hincks-Dellecrest Centre in Toronto. This site includes early warning signs:

Video:  "Resisting the Marshmallow" An instructive video on self-regulation in younger children.  Suitable for quick viewing at a staff meeting.

Our Students Engaged in Mental Health Awareness

Mr. LeBlanc's grade 7/8 class explored through discussion and extensive research how "to deal with stress in a healthy way.  The following is the result of a culminating health assignment from 2 students.​​​​​​

Building a Strengths-Based School:

Strengths-In-Motion Website:

How to start your school on hte path to strengths-based:

Univeristy of California (Berkley) site on building positive school climate: http://greatergood.berkley.eduleaders  (Search: "Positive School Climate")

The Resiliency Project - Dr. Michael Unger. Learn how to foster resilience in children and youth, and tips for creating safe spaces for building self-esteem and resilience

Suicide & Self-Harm at School

Self-harm in schools: Educators guide. Created by University of Guelph Self-Injury Outreach Support Group:

Guidelines for school protocol to manage self-injury at school:

​Psychology Works Foundation: What every Canadian needs to know about suicide:

Video from the Mayo Clinic on Teen Suicide Prevention​​​​​


Supporting Staff in Coping with Stress and Building Resilience: Stress and Performance Clinic at the Univeresity of Guelph offers private and group stress management classes. Contact Kathy Somers (519) 824-4120 ext.52662


Mental health problems in the workplace:

Mental health in the workplace: Support for employers & employees:

How administrators can create mentally healthy workplaces and support employees recovering from mental illness:

Supporting friends, family, and co-workers who might be struggling with suicidality. These three videos are suitable for staff meetings, PLCs, or sharing with parents:

Video: "Hope at work"  

Video: "Let's Talk About Suicide"

Video:  "30 Minutes Could Save a Life"


Mental Health First Aid is an excellent course, offered locally through Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. Consider it for staff development or to accomplish staff MH&W awareness objectives for your school:

Know Who Is At Risk:

​ Some youth are particularly vulnerable to mental health problems as a result of living with loneliness, isolation, bullying, and/or other stress. Know who they are. Reach out to them.


Aboriginal youth are six times more likely to die by suicide. Fact sheet:

Thirty-nine percent of youth with developmental disabilities need mental health services (Compared with 14% of non-DD youth):

Rates of suicide among LGBTQ youth are 14 times hgher than among non-LGBTQ youth.  

Parental suicide in last two years places youth at significantly higher risk:› News › Suicide News, and, ‎  ​

Substance abuse is implicated in suicidal thoughts and attemtps; substance users are at greater risk of harm to self.  



Children who have experienced trauma suffer from social, psychological, cognitive, and biological issues, including difficulty regulating their emotions, paying attention, and forming good relationships—all of which make it very difficult for a child to succeed in school.​ What looks like an oppositional, angry child is often a scared child. As educaotrs need to be sensitive to the signs of trauma, its effects on a whild on school, and how we can help.

The National Trauma Child Stress Network is an outstanding source of information on child trauma. Teachers can find all kinds of information and resoruces for teaching an supporting traumatized childrn in the classroom:

A document on supporting traumatized children in the classroom:​... click on .../Helping-Traumatized-Children-Learn.pdf

Trauma effects in the classroom: ​Education Specialist Laura Phipps has a series of videos about trauma, with advice for teachers and parents. Consider watching these with teachers and parents of children with serious struggles, as a means of opening dialogue and understanding challenges: 

Part 1: "How trauma affects the brain":

Part 2:  "Why cookbook approaches to managing behaviour do not work":

Part 3: "The importance of relationships".

Part 4: Advice for struggling caregivers". 


Grief & bereavement:

Culturally sensitive approaches to supporitng bereaved students​:   


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