14 Dec. 2020
Do you need help now?
This site is not monitored or intended for mental health advice, counselling or treatment. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. You can also reach out to Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or other crisis numbers.
Mental Health Resouces and Supports During COVID-19
Although our schools remain closed during this time due to COVID-19, the KPDSB team is still committed to supporting student and staff mental health. 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 KPDSB.
Our board is working closely with the Ministry of Education, School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) and our community mental health service providers and partners 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 you own mental health and well-being or the well-being of others we encourage you to reach out to community based mental health service providers, our school administration, a trusted adult or one of the resources below:
SMHO recognizes that this is a difficult situation and that student may have questions related to COVID-19. Access the links for information on Why are schools closed?, What does this mean for me?, What can i do to take care of my mental health while I'm not at school, How do I know if I should reach out for help about my mental health?, What do I do if I'm worried about a friend? As well as Reaching Out and Self-Care 101 tip sheets.
The Kids Help Phone has resources specific to supporting children during COVID-19. Click on the link above to access resources including We're Here for You During COVID-19; You can ensure no young person feels alone during COVID-19; Supporting the young people in your life during COVID-19, as well as many other resources for youth-related to mental health and well-being.
KPDSB has an amazing partnership with Jack.org, a youth lead agency which empowers young leaders to revolutionize mental health. Access the site for information on supporting your mental health during a global pandemic, including How to look out for your mental health during a during COVID-19.
Geared to youth 14 to 29, this site is a personal favourite for access to mental health and well-being resources both related and unrelated to COVID-19. Can you spare a square? COVID-19 ....and yes, that is a reference to toilet paper...click on the link to read more.
PARENT/CAREGIVER, STAFF and COMMUNITY RESOURCES
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.
MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY PROVIDERS
Need access to mental health services? Please contact one of our community partners below:
FIREFLY Northwest: Variety of services for children and families, 0-18 including mental health.
For mental health services for students over 18 and adults, please contact your local community hospital for access to Community Programs and/or Addictions Counselling options.
Please access our KPDSB Mental Health tab, or the links below for more mental health resources: