Minds Matter at Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board!

KPR has a new slogan for our mental health initiatives: Minds Matter at KPRDSB. We're using it in conjunction with the hashtag on Twitter #mindsmatter@kprdsbschools

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Our Three Year Strategy for Supporting Student Mental Health

Key Messages for our Mental Health Strategy

Like all school boards in Ontario, we have been busy developing our mental health strategy to promote student mental health and well-being, under the guidance of the provincial School Mental Health Assist team.  We also have been implementing a variety of programs in our schools, to support students, families and staff. We have three key messages in everything we do to promote mental health.

Key Messages: We all need to take care of our mental health;  Mentally healthy schools promote student success; and Working together we can reduce stigma, raise awareness, identify problems early and support every student's mental health and well-being.

Mental Health

Mental Health is defined as:
“a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community” (World Health Organization)

Mental health problems:
“cause major changes in a person’s thinking, emotional state and behaviour and disrupts the person’s ability to work and carry on their usual personal relationships” (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

In students, this might include problems with mood, focus, behaviour and their ability to relate to peers, maintain friendships, perform in school and participate in activities.

Mental Health Exists on a Continuum

Some places to go for information and help:

Kids Help Phone
provides phone and web counselling for youth up to age 20.  It’s free, confidential, anonymous and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The website includes information on a variety of mental health topics and social issues, surveys, games and workbooks. 


Also available through Kids Help Phone is the
Always There App



 Mind Your Mind: A website for youth and young adults to access resources and interactive tools for mental health help and wellness.  This online resource also focuses on reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.



Mind Your Mood is an easy to use app that allows youth and adults to track their moods on their phone. 



Be Safe app can be downloaded to inform you about getting help in Durham region.  It allows youth to make a safety plan and help make decisions about appropriate help in a crisis.


Offord Centre of Child Study A multi‐disciplinary research institute focused on studying ways to improve the lives, health and development of children and youth.



ABCs of mental health: A web based resource for parents and teachers that is based on the developmental age and severity of concern.  The information provides practical suggestions for preventing mental health problems; early intervention strategies for use in the classroom or at home; and appropriate responses to children with more serious mental health problems.



Teen Mental Health Friends, parents, health professionals, educators and our community each play an important role in a teenager’s life. If you’re looking for ways to support someone in your life, our ToolBox is full of resources that can help.


Children’s Mental Health Ontario provides information and resources for families, teachers, mental health professionals, and for children and youth.



Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid (782 trained)
safeTALK Suicide Awareness (684 trained)
Suicide ASIST (245 trained)


Watch for updates and highlights on the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board website!  Make mental health matter at your school!

For further information, please feel free to contact:

Dr. Deanna Swift, Psychologist
Executive Officer of Professional Services and Mental Health
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
Extension 2179