Back to School: OCDSB Mental Health Team Available to Answer your Questions

Back to School: OCDSB Mental Health Team Available to Answer your Questions
Posted on 07/23/2021
Back to School: OCDSB Mental Health Team Available to Answer your Questions

As parents, guardians, and students prepare for the upcoming school year, the OCDSB’s mental health professionals are here to answer any questions you may have about mental health and well-being.  

The OCDSB mental health team will be offering parents and caregivers an opportunity to hear from and ask questions to our mental health professionals. We will be hosting virtual group sessions for parents to ask general questions about how to promote and sustain mental health, as well as how to best prepare your child for the upcoming return to school.

Space will be limited to encourage better discussion. These conversations will be held over Zoom, with two general sessions for parents and caregivers of elementary students and one for parents and caregivers of secondary students. 

To register, please click on the links below. 

Date

Time

Group

Registration link

Tuesday, August 24

7:00-8:00 p.m

Elementary

Link

Thursday, August 26

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Secondary

Link

Monday, August 30

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Elementary

Link

Send us your questions:

If you are unable to participate but have questions for our mental health professionals, they will be answering questions via email. You can also use this opportunity to send a question in advance of your session: simply include the date of the session you are attending when you submit your question. Contact: childrensmentalhealth@ocdsb.ca

Tips to better cope with COVID-related stress and uncertainty

There are too many things happening these days that we don’t have control over. But what are some strategies you can use to better deal with what you can control?

Using resources from Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone, we have created some simple tips you can use to better cope with the stress of the world we’re living in. Our goal is to provide you with some strategies to deal with these troubling times and find ways to feel a bit better. Take a look.

Parents can also take a look at this helpful guide from School Mental Health Ontario: "How to Support a Mentally Healthy Back to School for Your Child".

Need urgent support?

Never forget that there are services available to you if you need help right now. They are confidential, non-judgmental and only a call or text away.

  • 911
  • YSB-24/7 Crisis Line & Chat: Services available for children and youth ages 18 & under and for parents, guardians and friends concerned about a young person in crisis.  613-260-2360 or online chat https://www.ysb.ca/services/ysb-mental-health/24-7-crisis-line/
  • Distress Centre of Ottawa-Carleton: Available to all residents regardless of age.  Crisis Line 613-238-3311 or chat service https://www.dcottawa.on.ca/chat-text-services/
  • LGBTQ Youthline:  Provides confidential, informed, LGBTTQ2SI peer support that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 & under) 1-800-268-9688. Text or live chat is also available https://www.youthline.ca/
  • Hope for Wellness Helpline:  Available for all Indigenous peoples across Canada, offers experienced and culturally competent counsellors 1-855-242-3310 or chat https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/.  Phone counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.
  • Kids Help Phone:  Provides non-judgmental, inclusive services available to young people across Canada 24/7. 1-800-668-6868 or chat www.kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat 
  • Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC): 24/7 Feminist peer support line 613-234-2266 https://sascottawa.com/

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team:  Responds to calls from individuals, family members, and professionals in the community.  Provides support for mental health crises through assessment, short-term intervention, & links to community resources. Accessible through the Mental Health Crisis Line: 613-722-6914.

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