Mental Health & Wellness
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The protocols put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have the potential to take a toll on student’s mental health. Physical distancing and school closures may cause students to feel isolated, and the cancellation of extracurricular activities may cause feelings of sadness or depression, for example.
If you’re looking for resources or local supports for your student’s mental health, please see the suggestions below:
Mental Wellness Calendar Activity
This fun activity can be used by all students (as well as staff and even families), to promote health and wellness. The calendar has 31 daily activities that support overall health and wellness. Educators can incorporate this into their daily lessons, or it can be used as an at-home activity.
Bullying Awareness Toolkit
This toolkit contains background information about bullying and cyberbullying; along with some suggested activities you can do in class with your students to raise awareness around bullying. Additionally, it contains social media posts your school can use, as well as a suggested position statement on bullying, which can be used as-is, or adapted as a class project.
Mental Health Curriculum Supports
For additional curriculum-linked resources, please visit our Curriculum Supports Page. It is password protected, but is free to create an account.
Online and Local Supports
This list of organizations offer mental health support and offer their own complement of tools and resources:
Resources for educator’s reference:
School Mental Health Ontario - Provides information and resources including online courses and training opportunities specifically for educators.
Mental Health Resources in Windsor and Essex County - A list of programs and services available in Windsor and Essex County to support student mental health.
Resources and support for students:
BeSafe app – This mobile app helps young adults make a decision about seeking mental health help in a crisis. The app can be downloaded through the App Store and Google Play, as well as a paper version accessible from the website.
Kids Help Phone – a FREE service available for children and young adults that offers counselling support from professionals via phone call, text, or online chat. The website also contains various resources for educators, parents, and youth (under the Get Info heading).