Mental Health and Wellbeing
SCCDSB Mental Health Supports Available
Please note that if students or their parents are concerned about a student's adjustment, engagement with learning, or elevated anxiety about school and the eventual return to school, we have a team of mental health counsellors available to provide services over the school year.
SCCDSB counsellors are also working in collaboration with Mental Health and Addiction Nurses to respond to student needs for counselling.
Students, Parents and Caregivers can either be referred by a classroom teacher or self refer. The self referral form can be completed by you and you will receive a call within 72 hours. The link is https://forms.gle/nb3kDmHje4ATYSYA7
For further information on mental health and wellbeing supports from the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, contact Christine Preece, Mental Health Lead at 226-402-1593.
The resources in this site are derived from School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO), which is a provinicial implementation support team under the Ministry of Education. The role of SMHO is to support school districts to enhance mental health through the use of evidence-based strategies and services. Since 2011, SMHO has worked with a number of provincial education and health organizations to develop a systematic and comprehensive approach to school mental health.
What is Well-being?
Well-being is when we take care of our body, mind (brain) and spirit (soul). We have to work to make our bodies, minds and spirits healthy. We work on our well-being when we meditate, play outside, get lots of sleep, be kind to others, take time to read a book, relax by colouring, praying to God, exercising and eating healthy foods To keep healthy we need to listen to what our bodies are telling us through our sensations (sweaty, heavy, calm, fluttery) and our feelings (happy, sad, angry). When we have healthy bodies, minds and spirits, we can enjoy our time at school more, learn, focus better and play with our family and friends. It is important to do these things everyday to stay healthy.
Supporting Your Child(ren) Through COVID19
WE GOT THIS!
These conversations between Dr. Jean Clinton and Ann Douglas are here to provide parents support during the COVID-19 Crisis.
Talking to younger children about this pandemic will look and sound a little different than talking to your teenager about the pandemic. It is important to take into account the stage of development they are at. This is a stressful and emotional time for all of us, we can help our young people figure out what they need during these trying times, but not without looking after ourselves first. Connecting with our kids especially our teenagers during this time is so important, they have amazing power and creativity. We can help ignite this within them even during this emotional time!
Talking With Your Kids About the Pandemic (Episode 1)
Managing Fear (Episode 2)
Feeling Overwhelmed about Home Schooling (Episode 3)
Grief & Loss - During the Pandemic (Episode 4)
Screen Time (Episode 5)
Gratitude - A Resource for Parenting in Uncertain Times (Episode 6)
Resilience - It's All About Relationships (Episode 7)
Routines vs. schedules: Creating a Reassuring Rhythm for your Child (Episode 8)
How COVID-19 Impacts People with Disabilities
Community and Provincial Resources
Canadian Mental Health Association
Chatham Kent - 1-866-299-7447 or Sarnia Lambton 1-800-307-4319
Self Care and Activities for Home
Tip Sheets for Self Care
At HOME Well-being Activities for Kids
Physical Literacy & Activities
Sports for Life - Daily activities - Sport for Life to help support parents and kids develop physical literacy while at home
YMCA - 12 Bursts - Stay active with 5-minute bursts of daily physical activity you can do anytime, anywhere.
GoNoodle - Dancing and Physical Movement for Children
Physical Activity - Tip Sheet
Physical Literacy Cards
First Peoples Wellness
Fight, Flight, Freeze, Fawn Responses to Survival Brain
Understanding Brain Responses to Survival
Hand Model of Brain
Helpful vs Unhelpful Mindset
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