Toronto District School Board

Mental Health Strategy

Mental Health and Well-Being is essential to student success. We will make student mental health a priority at the Toronto District School Board. We know that one in five Ontario students has a mental health problem, we also know that schools can promote positive mental health, identify and intervene early to prevent the onset of problems and respond to children and youth in distress www.mentalhealthcommission.ca.

The TDSB is actively working to improve the mental health and well-being of our students.

What is Mental Health?

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a "state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community." (World Health Organization)

This is the ideal toward which we strive.

Why Focus on Student Mental Health?

Focusing on child and adolescent mental health and wellness promotion, literacy and education has countless documented benefits. "Early signs of mental disorders frequently appear in adolescence yet they are often undiagnosed and go untreated. Young people with mental health disorders are at great risk for dropping out of school, ending up in jail and of not being fully functional members of society in adulthood."  (http://www.unicef.org/publications/files/pub_adolescence_en.pdf) p.35

Children’s Mental Health Week

Each year, Ontarians mark the first full week of May as Children’s Mental Health Week. The week is about increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health needs, decreasing stigma and understanding that help is available.

This year, the TDSB is celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week, May 1 to 7 by focusing our efforts on the theme of Belonging (#BelongingMatters).  We know that mental health and well-being are affected by our sense of belonging.  Belonging is the innate desire to be connected to something larger than ourselves.  Based on research, two defining attributes of belonging are: being valued, needed or important with respect to others; and feeling like you fit in through shared experiences.  A sense of belonging to a greater community improves motivation, health and happiness.

Over the course of the week, there will be a theme for each day. These themes will include:

Monday, May 2: “Mindful Monday"
Tuesday, May 3: “Take Time to Create Tuesday”
Wednesday, May 4: “We Belong Wednesday”
Thursday, May 5: “Taking Care Thursday”
Friday, May 6: “Fit Friday”

On Monday, May 2 we celebrate Mindful Monday. Take 10 stress free minutes and drop everything and relax. Participate in the guided video below that focuses on mindfulness.

 

 

On Friday, May 6 we celebrate Fit Friday. Let's take 10 minutes and participate in the guided video below that focuses on physical education/activity.

 

 

Mental Health Strategy

Our Mission
To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire
the knowledge, skills, and values
they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
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