Ensuring positive student mental health is a shared responsibility of students, staff, parents and community partners. As part of the provincial Open Minds, Healthy Minds Mental Health Strategy, our board’s Mental Health and Addiction Lead, Dr. Lynn Woodford, works with stakeholders within our board and in our community, to promote: mentally healthy schools; student mental well being; educator mental health awareness and knowledge; evidence based prevention programs; and clear pathways to care. We hope the following links will help support mental health and well-being in children, youth and families.
Mental Health Resources
Talking About Mental Health
Throughout the school year, Dr. Lynn Woodford shares tips and resources for improving our mental health and well-being. Click the links below to read more about mental health and well-being in UGDSB schools.
Access to Community Mental Health Services
Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin Branch (CMHA WWD)- formerly Trellis
To access services for Children & Youth in Guelph/Wellington and Adults in Guelph/Wellington/Dufferin for Addictions, Mental Health (including eating disorders and first episode psychosis) and Crisis Services contact:
Walk in Services on Tuesdays for Children/Youth 1:30- 7:00 at 485 Silvercreek Pkwy, Guelph
For general information about CMHA WWD: 519-821-2060
Dufferin Child and Family Services (Children & Youth in Dufferin)
- To access Addictions, Mental Health and Crisis Services call 519-941-1530
- Talk in Services on Tuesdays 1:00- 7:00
- 655 Riddell Road, Orangeville
Additional information about Access to Mental Health Services: Dufferin-Guelph-Wellington (PDF)
Mental Health and Addiction Websites
Kids Help Phone provides phone and web counselling for youth under the age of 20. Support is free, 24/7, anonymous and confidential.
Mind your mind is a place for youth and young adults to access info, resources and tools during tough times. Help Yourself. Help each other. Share what you live and know.
Self-injury Outreach and Support (SiOS) is part of collaboration between the University of Guelph and McGill University, a non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help.
eMentalHealth provides mental health information sheets on a wide variety of topics of interest to youth, and also provides screening tools.
The ABCs of Mental Health provides information related to different mental health concerns, according to developmental ages. Also provides information to help determine the level of concern (green, yellow or red).
Children’s Mental Health Ontario provides resources about mental health and well-being.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) provides information about mental health and addictions including information for children and youth and parents.
Self/Peer Exploitation – It's Not Okay: A Resource Guide for Families (PDF) offers practical guidance on the issue of "sexting" – youth creating, sending or sharing sexual images or videos with peers via the Internet or electronic devices.
Teen Suicide Prevention Video (YouTube). In this video created by the Mayo Clinic, teens describe common signs that a teen is considering suicide and provide encouragement for communicating directly and immediately for support and safety. It also Includes suggestions for what to say to a teen who may be at risk for suicide and ways to keep them safe. This is a U.S. video, so the number at the end is for the United States. In our area, please contact HERE247 (1 844 437 3247), DCAFS 519 941 1530 or KidsHelpPhone.ca 1 800 668 6868 if you or your child/teen needs someone to talk to.
Child and Youth Mental Health and Well-being Week
Child and Youth Mental Health and Well-being Week is the first week of May. It is about promoting mental wellness, increasing awareness of the child and youth mental health, decreasing stigma and understanding that support is available. Let’s improve everyone’s mental health and well- being!
The theme for Child and Youth Mental Health and Well-being at the UGDSB is: Have a SUPER Week!
Each day of the week focuses on a different aspect of mental health and well-being. UGDSB schools are provided with resources and activities related to each day’s theme. Parents and guardians are encouraged to increase the mental health and well-being of your children, youth and family as well.