Supporting Mental Wellbeing in our School Communities
We know that mental wellbeing is vital to student success. Yet in a society focused more on the environment surrounding children and youth than on what’s going on inside them, their mental wellbeing can often be overlooked.
Why Children's Mental Wellbeing Matters
The fact is that children and youth can suffer from all of the same challenges that confront adults – anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, and more. Research consistently indicates that 1 in 5 children experience mental wellbeing issues. This statistic translates into approximately 40,000 students in the TDSB.
We also know that there’s a direct link between the availability of social, emotional, psychological and physical supports and student achievement. In a world where we cannot keep our students immune from all sorts of challenges, making sure we pay attention when they are struggling is a must for educators.
How TDSB Supports Children's Mental Wellbeing
Supporting our students' mental wellbeing means much more than offering a sympathetic ear. It means providing lots of real, practical information and dispelling myths. It means connecting them and their families with the right resources when they are faced with a crisis. It means fostering resilience to help them bounce back from disappiontment and navigate life’s challenges successfully.
In TDSB schools, classrooms and Boardroom, we take a holistic approach that includes all of these things and more. Below are just a few examples of what we do. You'll find many more links throughout these pages by exploring the menu on the left.
School Social Workers
Safe and Caring Schools
Child and Youth Services