Mental Health & Wellbeing

WCDSB Wellness Twitter LogoWelcome to the WCDSB Mental Health and Wellness page!  You can find resources here to grow your knowledge on mental health topics, learn a variety of daily wellness practices that can help you manage stress, get connected when additional supports are needed, and learn about how WCDSB is promoting wellness in our school communities.

New mandatory mental health lessons for grades 7 and 8 students – now available!

Effective January 2024, grades 7 and 8 students across the province will receive new mandatory mental health lessons from the Ministry of Ontario (e-Community Ontario).

School Mental Health Ontario worked collaboratively with partners to develop these modules, which will help equip students with inclusive, culturally responsive, evidence-informed knowledge, skills and strategies to support their mental health and well-being.

The Modules intentionally link with the Health and Physical Education curriculum, and educators at WCDSB are provided with additional resources to highlight the connection between faith and mental health within a Catholic context. Supporting students’ well-being and mental health aligns with Catholic Social Teachings by honouring and protecting the dignity of every student. “Promoting the well-being and positive mental health of all students to reach their God-given potential is a gospel mandate and a moral imperative for Catholic schools which aligns with this important initiative of the Ministry of Education.” Well-Being from a Catholic Perspective: Addressing Mental Health Literacy within Religion and Family Life Programs Institute for Catholic Education.

There are important reasons to bring these modules into the classroom:

  • Students want to learn more about mental health at school.
  • This learning helps students develop skills that support positive mental health.
  • Mental health learning supports learning in all other areas.
  • This learning can encourage conversations and help students in need reach support.
  • As caring adults in the lives of young people, we want students to be well.

7 Tips for Helping Your Child through the Transition from Remote to In-Person Learning

Is your child transitioning from an online classroom to in-person learning in the fall? Dr. Anna Bowers shares “7 Tips for Helping Your Child through the Transition from Remote to In-Person Learning” in this 30 minute video.