Mental Health Strategy

Mental Health a Priority at the OCDSB


Mental health is a priority for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.. A variety of mental health programs are taught in OCDSB schools. These programs include the curriculum centered topics, or programs like Friends, Best Buddies, ASIST, SafeTALK, addictions and counseling. The district  has specialized staff trained to deal with issues of gender, safety, suicide prevention, grief and family matters. Psychologists, Social Workers, Guidance Counselors and Child and Youth workers support the needs of our students, along with  teachers and principals.


The District's mental health framework deals with promotion, prevention, early intervention and crisis prevention. Staff are trained on suicide prevention using ASIST and SafeTALK training. 


The OCDSB has two formal protocols in place to liaise quickly with community partners when a student is experiencing a mental health crisis.  The OCDSB has many external partnership agreements with community agencies to advance mental health supports for students.


Our mental health framework was developed to assist  partners, students, parents, staff and community in understanding how our district  addresses mental health. Learn more by reading: Toward an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Mental Health Framework

Resources  place on the right hand side

Ontario 211 is a free, confidential and easy-to-use website and hotline that connects Ontarians with reliable information on local community and social services in more than 150 languages. Dial 2-1-1, to reach a certified information and referral specialist. - Improving Mental Health Services for Children and Youth - The Crossroads Children's Centre works with children and their families struggling with severe emotional, behavioural, and social difficulties. - The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa serves youth aged 12 and older.  They focus on youth with difficulties affecting their physical and/or emotional well-being and development, and support youth in making positive health and lifestyle decisions. - Youth Net/Reseau Ado Ottawa is a bilingual regional mental health promotion and intervention program run by youth, for youth (based on CHEO). - The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO. Among other resources, the Centre is piloting Med Ed, an innovative, youth friendly resource that contains information about medicines used in the treatment of mental disorders. - Hosted by the Centre of Excellence, this is an interactive health and mental health literacy program for youth, parents and teachers. - An easy to navigate directory of hundreds of services and resources in the Ottawa area (services in other geographic areas are also accessible.  Also features an extensive mental health library. - The Child and Youth Mental Heath Information Network works collaboratively children and their families to deal with mental health concerns.. -The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health site offers extensive resources, including many specifically for teachers and schools.  . - The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario develops and provides public policy advice that promotes mental health and improves the lives of people living with mental illness. - This is the Children's Mental Health Ontario site.  They represent and support the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario. - A gateway to information on comprehensive school health and health promoting schools. - Mindyourmind is a non-profit mental health engagement program that works with youth, emerging adults and the professionals who serve them to develop reliable and relevant resources and communication platforms. - The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a non-profit organization created to focus national attention on mental health issues and to work to improve the health and social outcomes of people living with mental illness. - A program in the Department of Psychiatry at the non profit Massachusetts General Hospital that trains adults in a new way of helping kids with social, emotional and behavioural challenges. - The Jack Project at Kids Help Phone promotes young people’s mental health by providing them with much-needed information and support as they move from late-high school into college, university, or independent living. - From trouble with homework to dealing with loss and grief to thoughts of suicide, kids can talk to Kids Help Phone about anything.

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