This is a back-to-school like no other. More than ever, this fall, students need:
- Schools and classrooms that are safe – physically and emotionally – and where they feel welcome, included, heard, comfortable, and confident
- Skills and tools for self-care, managing stress, nurturing relationships, and enhancing their sense of strength and identity
- Caring adults who notice when they may be struggling, and who provide knowledgeable responsive support
- Encouragement to seek additional help when they need it, and guidance towards appropriate support
- Quick access to the right level of service (in schools or community mental health)
In response, we produced a Mentally Healthy Return to School Framework to guide Ontario school boards. This framework includes three priority supports:
- A comprehensive Mentally Healthy Return to School Toolkit
- Extensive training for school mental health professionals in prevention services
- System partnerships to streamline transitions to more intensive services
The Mentally Healthy Return to School Toolkit has practical, evidence-based resources to promote and protect mental health at school. We’ve shared some below. Visit the COVID-19 and Return to School section of our website for more information and resources.
“Experts” share tips on return to school
We sought insight and advice from some real experts on the return to school. They let us know they see you; they hear you, and you make a difference in their lives.
New resources to support a mentally healthy return to school
Practical resources to support
student mental health
The following resources and learning opportunities have been prepared to both bolster student mental health and support the well-being of educators. These classroom-ready resources can be used for either virtual and in-person learning. Additional classroom materials and learning opportunities are in development and will be shared in the coming weeks and months.
New Student Resources for Anxiety Management and Mental Health Literacy
With the help of Ontario secondary school students, we’ve put together youth-friendly activities to help students understand more about anxiety and coping in relation to the pandemic. It’s important for students to have both the “how” and “why” to best support their use of these resources. The resources are designed to be used on Instagram or other social media platforms.
Below are two documents, an Executive Summary and a Full Document highlighting the key role psychology plays in schools - particularly when it comes to student mental health. Please share as you deem appropriate.