Mental Health for Students

If it is an emergency, call 911.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs help:

  • Guelph/Wellington: 1 844 437 3247 (HERE247)
  • Dufferin: 519 941 1530 (DCAFS)
  • KidsHelpPhone: 1 800 668 6868

Mental Health Resources

Concerns with mental health can happen to anyone. Children and youth can suffer from the same challenges that confront adults – anxiety, depression, eating disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, and more. 1 in 5 children experience mental health concerns. So you are not alone. Many other children and youth face similar challenges that you or your friends are facing. There are many supports and resources that can help you and your friends. We hope the following links will help you find out more about mental health and where to go for help if you need or someone you know needs it.

Mental Health and Addiction Websites

Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS) provides information about mental health and services available to children and youth in Dufferin County.

Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (CMHAWWD) provides information about mental health concerns and services available in Guelph/Wellington.

Kids Help Phone provides phone and web counselling for youth under the age of 20. Support is free, 24/7, anonymous and confidential.

Shed the Light is a Youth-Led Group in Dufferin County that is dedicated to reducing the stigma re: mental health challenges/issues.

Giving Light Offers Worth and Wellness (GLOWW) is a youth-led group that meets to bring awareness to mental health issues. We are also passionate about reducing stigma associated with youth mental health.

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.

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.

Anxiety BC has an excellent website with information and interactive activities to learn about anxiety and learn how to cope more effectively.

Stress Lessons is a program from the Psychology Foundation of Canada. They provide lessons, information and activities to raise awareness and developing coping strategies for dealing with stress.

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. 

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.

Mental Health and Well-being Action Plan

Child and Youth Mental Health Week

May 1 to 7, 2016, was Child and Youth Mental Health Week in the Upper Grand District School Board. The goal of the week is to increase positive mental health through the board by promoting an understanding of mental wellness, providing approaches to improving mental wellness, developing stress management and relaxation techniques, increasing positive lifestyle behaviours, and more.

Following the success of last year’s week, this year’s theme was “Have a SUPER Week!” Each day of the week focused on a different area of positive mental health: Social connection, Uplifting emotions, Personal health, Emotional calming, and Resilient thinking.

Schools were provided with a full slate of resources and ideas for activities to run each day, including the “Say Hi” challenge to encourage making social connections, calm breathing exercises and flexible thinking activities to increase resilience.

"Take a Moment to Breathe" - At 9 a.m. on Thursday May 5, all staff and students stopped for five minutes and do a deep, calming breathing exercise as a full board. Being able to develop an inner sense of calm and be able to decrease our stress response in difficult situations is one of the best gifts that we can give ourselves.

Child and Youth Mental Health Week 2016 poster final