Mental Health

At the OCDSB, we understand that mental health and well-being are important  to student success, affect academic achievement, and social-emotional development. We strive to promote student mental health by creating safe, caring and inclusive learning environments where diversity is recognized, respected and celebrated, and where every student is engaged, empowered and feels valued.   Students who  experience mental health difficulties can access mental health support.  Resources available at school include:  classroom teacher, early childhood educator, educational assistant, learning support teacher/learning resource teacher, guidance counsellor, student success teacher, vice-principal and principal.   There are additional central supports including: specialized teams (e.g., Behaviour, Autism, Early Learning), instructional coaches, re-engagement coordinators, psychologists, social workers and speech & language pathologists. School and central staff can also facilitate access to resources and community mental health services that are culturally sensitive and responsive.

To guide the work in mental health the OCDSB has developed a three year mental health strategy. The OCDSB Mental Health Strategy (2019–2022) builds on the previous strategy and aligns with the OCDSB 2019-2022 Strategic Plan  It was informed by provincial and local data and OCDSB staff, student, and parent voices. The Mental Health Strategy focuses on building and sustaining mentally healthy schools through capacity building for staff, meaningful youth and parent engagement, and collaboration with community partners following an evidence-based, tiered approach to intervention to support students.   

In an immediate crisis, call 911 or go to a hospital.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, ask someone for support. The following are 24-hour helplines:

Crisis Supports:

First Nations and Inuit Hope and Wellness Helpline: 1-855--242-3310

24/7 YSB-Crisis Line:  613-260-2360

24/7 Online crisis chat:

24/7 Distress Centre:  613-238-3311

Kids Help Phone:  1-800-668-6868

LGBTQ Youthline: 1-800-268-9688

Mobile Crisis: 613-722-6914

  • Responds to call from individuals 16 years and over, family members, and professionals in the community

Promoting Mental Health

Mental Health Supports and Services

Ministry of Education Resources

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