What Is Mental Health?
There are many ways to define mental health and well-being, but we can find some particularly thoughtful insight in the 2015 First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework. Here, mental well-being is seen as “a balance of the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional” that gives everyone – even the most vulnerable or mentally ill – an opportunity to live as a whole and healthy individual.
CAMH Finding a Shared Language
Why is it important in our schools?
Schools are the logical point of entry to increase the efficacy of mental health services to children and adolescents. As multidisciplinary entities, schools are the best places to integrate and to coordinate the efforts of teachers, administrators, families, and mental health service providers to foster the mental health of students.
Offering services in the schools improves access to treatment. Accessible, affordable mental health services are most easily and consistently provided in the educational setting. Problems of transportation, accessibility, and stigma are minimized when such services are provided in schools.
Mental health is directly linked to educational outcomes. Schools are the optimal place to develop psychological competence and to teach children about making informed and appropriate choices concerning their health and many other aspects of their lives; schools are the only organization in our society to which virtually all children and adolescents are consistently exposed for extended periods of time
Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy
Please see below for our Mental Health and Addictions 3- Year Strategy.
Riley Keast, Mental Health Lead
The Northwest Catholic District School Board
555 Flinders Avenue
Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3L2
Phone: (807) 274-2931 ext. 1234 Fax: (807) 274-8792
TNCDSB has three child & youth workers (CYW) to provide social, emotional and behavioural support to children and youth at schools.
Shawna Sveinson - CYW, St. Joseph's School
Andy McCormick - CYW, St. Francis School, Our Lady of the Way School & St. Michael School
Karrie Walker- CYW Sacred Heart School
TNCDSB has 4 School Counsellors to provide brief mental health counselling to students. Referrals can be made by contacting your child's classroom Teacher or school Principal.
Jessica LaRose- School-Based Clinician (St. Michael School, St. Francis School, Our Lady of the Way School)
Jodi Doherty- School Counsellor (St. Joseph School)
Bethany Bullock- School Counsellor ( Sacred Heart School)
Becky Andrusco- Walk-In Counsellor (St. Francis School)