At Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB), we are committed to recognizing and supporting the needs of every child. Students who report feeling mentally well, are more ready to learn, feel a stronger sense of belonging at school, and perform better academically.
Good mental health is foundational to achievement
Schools are an ideal place for:
We all have mental health!
Mental health is a desirable state of well-being or flourishing. Just like our physical health, our mental health changes – we all have times when we don’t feel mentally well.
For example, we might feel overwhelmed with too much stress, or we may have times when we feel sad and struggle to get back to feelings of well-being. These feelings, while typical and normal, can impact our ability to be our best self.
Mental health and mental illness aren’t the same things, though the terms are sometimes confused and used interchangeably. With appropriate care and support, people who are mentally ill can experience positive mental wellness.
Visit the World Health Organization’s 10 facts on mental health page for more information. You can also view the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s video, Promoting Mental Health Finding a Shared Language.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or emotional distress or worried about someone you know? Call 988 – support is free and available 24/7.
Call 911 for medical emergency.
Please see the list of supports and services below by region:
Mental health counselling support for children and youth who are showing signs of emerging or escalating mental health problems, personal and family stressors, crisis, and more.
TLDSB school-based individual supports
Mental health counselling services provides individual mental health support for children and youth in the following areas:
Individual support can include consultation, counselling assessment, brief evidence-based intervention, and support with navigating community based services; and may include a child or youth’s circle of care, such as caregivers, teachers, community service providers and identified caring adults.
Services are available in all schools and are provided by professional clinicians registered with either the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Services may be provided in person and/or virtually via Google Meet.
To learn more about individual counselling services, please contact the principal/vice-principal of your child’s school who will listen to your concerns and pull a team together, including a mental health counsellor to look at your child’s academic and emotional well-being needs and how the school can support.
TRAILS Anxiety and Depression
Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS) groups are designed to help children and youth, Grades 4 to 12, who struggle with moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and/or depression by teaching evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness skills.
TRAILS are 7 – 10 week groups aimed to help children and youth develop effective coping skills and strategies to help manage their emotions and choose helpful behaviours. Children and youth who might benefit from the group are primarily having difficulty with both anxiety and depressive symptoms/low mood that is impairing their functioning.
Children and youth interested in participating should have some awareness of their struggles and would be motivated to improve their coping skills.
If you are interested in being a part of this group, contact your school principal.
Circle of Security Parenting
The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.
This program is delivered through eight virtual weekly sessions of 90 minutes each using Google Meet.
All parents/guardians want what is best for their children. At times all parents/guardians feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. Using the COSP™ model, developed by the Circle of Security originators, our trained facilitators work with parents/guardians to help them to:
If you are interested in being a part of this group, contact your child’s school principal.
School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO-SMSO) resources: