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@kprdsb.
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.
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.
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.
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
Manager of Professional Services
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board