What does mental health and well-being have to do with school?
Good mental health is vital to our well-being. It provides us with a positive world view, helps us to deal with life’s challenges, and supports healthy relationships with our friends, families and communities. Mental health helps us to reach our potential.
Who can I talk to at school regarding my child’s mental health concerns?
- You may find it helpful to speak to your child’s teacher. The school Administration and/or guidance department (in secondary schools) is always a good place to go for help too. They can connect you with other resources you may need.
- Each school has access to a designated school social worker who can assist in assessing a student’s needs and suggest community resources for support.
- If you are worried about your child’s mental health or safety, or that of someone else, be sure to ask for help from a health care professional immediately.
What if my child is struggling to manage Anxiety?
- The WRDSB has recently introduced a protocol to help families and educators manage Student Anxiety needs. Please read this resource for tips and information regarding next steps: WRDSB Anxiety Support Guide for Parents
Where can I go in my community for help if I am concerned about my child’s mental health?
- Crisis Services of Waterloo Region (available 24 hours a day/7 days a week) – 519-744-1813 or 1-844-437-3247
- Front Door – Access for Children and Youth Mental Health Services in Waterloo Region – 519-749-2932
- Ray of Hope – Youth Addictions – 519-743-2311 · 1081 King St E Kitchener
- Bounce Back Ontario and Mind Beacon both offer free therapy programs for students 15 years or older.
Walk-In Counselling Service
A Walk-in counselling session does not require an appointment and you can receive immediate assistance on the spot. Content discussed in walk-in sessions is held in strict confidence as with any other counselling relationship. Through a single family counselling session, experienced counsellors help identify issues and equip families with tools and strategies to address their concerns. They can also help determine the next steps for service. The focus of the session is determined by each family’s unique needs. A Walk-in counselling session does not require an appointment and is free of charge. The last appointment is one hour before closing. Please check the organization’s website for up to date information on walk-in dates and times.
Front Door: Access to Child and Youth Mental Health Services
Tuesday: 12pm – 6:30pm at Lutherwood, 35 Dickson St, Cambridge
Wednesday: 12pm – 6:30pm at Front Door, 1770 King Street E., Kitchener
Thursday: 9am – 3:30pm at Langs, 1145 Concession Rd., Cambridge
Saturday: 9am – 3:30pm at Front Door, 1770 King Street E., Kitchener
Thursdays from 12 pm – 6 pm at 480 Charles Street, E., Kitchener
Tell someone if you have concerns or thoughts about suicide.
Call the crisis line (1-844-437-3247)
Call 911 if it is an emergency
Check out the resources at: www.wrspc.ca