Connecting Students to Mental Health Experts Through Technology
Toronto, ON, April 27, 2012 – The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have launched a first-of-its-kind partnership that will provide students with better access to leading mental health and psychiatric services.
The three-year partnership will provide the TDSB with access to child psychiatrists and other mental health experts, such as those who specialize in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and mood disorders, improving the supports available for students. The program will be run through videoconferencing systems set up at six TDSB sites located across the city.
Professional Support Staff will receive psychiatric perspectives on assessment, diagnosis and treatment. This partnership offers the TDSB staff training opportunities that will not only improve their understanding of child and youth mental health issues, but will also help to develop strategies to better support such students.
“This new initiative provides students with the supports they need where and when they need them,” said Chris Spence, TDSB Director of Education. “Through our partnership with SickKids, we will be able to intervene earlier and improve academic and social outcomes.”
“Addressing child and youth mental health is an important initiative for SickKids. This unique and progressive collaboration will ensure that educators have the necessary tools to understand the mental health issues facing some of their students,” said Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO, SickKids. “Through increased awareness, early recognition and intervention, SickKids and the Toronto schools will together foster healthy learning environments for students with mental health needs.”
This new partnership builds on the TDSB and SickKids' ongoing commitments to provide a continuum of mental health supports from prevention to early intervention to treatment.
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