Presentation on theme: "Supporting Student Mental Health at the TDSB P.I.A.C Conference"— Presentation transcript:
1 Supporting Student Mental Health at the TDSB P.I.A.C Conference Parents Make A DifferenceIncreasing Knowledge & Enhancing ConfidenceNovember 15, 2014Heather JohnsonSocial Worker Mental Health & Well-Being System Support
2 Schools are optimal settings to: Promote positive mental health Why are Schools Excellent Places to Support Student Mental Health and Well-Being?Schools are optimal settings to:Promote positive mental healthReduce stigmaBuild social-emotional learning skillsWork to prevent mental health problems in high risk groups (students who many have multiple issues)Identify students in need of supportArticulate paths to interventionSMH ASSIST
3 What guides our work at the TDSB? … School Mental Health(SMH) ASSIST –a Ministry of Education implementation support team designed to help Ontario school boards promote student mental health and well-being through leadership, practical resources and systematic research-based approaches to school mental healthSMH ASSIST began in the school year and over the next 3 years, phased in all 72 Ontario BoardsThe TDSB was included at the beginning of Sept school yearAn additional Social Worker- Mental Health Training and Promotion, was hired in Sept by the TDSB, recognizing the scope of the work at the TDSBOpen Minds Healthy Minds – 10 year Strategy to promote mental health and well being in the province- work between 10 ministries
5 What do we picture when we hear “mental health?”
6 What is Mental Health?“... 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
8 Tiered Mental Health Supports Clinical intervention for students with mental health concerns occurs largely in partnership with community and health settingsAll(caring classrooms, mental health promotion, social-emotional learning instruction, stigma reduction)Some(targeted prevention)FewOur focus, is to create mentally healthy environments for students and to build skills amongst students who are struggling through prevention programming
9 All of us have mental health It is like physical health – on a continuum which can vary over timeIt depends on many factors including: life circumstances and biological dispositionsMental illnesses, like physical illnesses, exist with a range of severity and treatment options
10 MH Interventions Can be Simple Acts of Kindness
11 The TDSB Commitment is Clear… Mental Health and Well-Being is essential tostudent success.We will make children and youth mental healthand well-being a priority at theToronto District School Board.
12 Mental Health & Well-Being Strategic Plan Creating Mentally Healthy Schools
13 Mental Health Belongs to Us Children and Youth Mental Health and Well-Being StrategyHighlights of the Implementation of the Mental Health and Well-Being Strategy - Year 2High Quality Services and ProgramsOngoing professional learning and training of staff to further understanding and knowledge of Mental Health and Well-Being:AnxietySuicide prevention, intervention and postventionA Caring School Culture and Healthy Physical EnvironmentMental Health Action Plans and Mental Health Teams in every schoolEvidence based practices and programs in schools will be highlightedA “Caring Adult” program in every school3. Parent and Community PartnershipsEnhance parent and community agency engagement, as partners in supporting students’ mental health and well-being:A winter/spring Parent Symposium on Mental Health awarenessOther events/workshops/conferences to increase awareness of mental health and well-beingA Supportive Social EnvironmentExpansion and enhancement of anti-stigma initiatives in middle schools and secondary schoolsA winter/spring Student Symposium on anti-stigmaPromote students’ mental well-being by fostering resiliency, self-regulation and positive self-esteem
15 Parent and Community Partnerships Expanding and strengthening mental health partnerships to meet schools needs - utilizing Professional Support staff to foster partnerships ie. Toronto Public Health (promoting mental health), Children’s Mental Health AgenciesEnhance parental engagement and on-going communication between home and school – newsletters, s, parents education events and members of School Mental Health Teams. Parent Symposium May 2015
16 How do I know when something is wrong?? The first rule…”trust yourself”. You know your child / teenager. Trust what you hear and see.Parents can also observe mood changes or behaviours that seem excessive or unusual which could indicate a mental health problem.Consider frequency, intensity and duration when noticing an area of concern.When behaviour interferes significantly with a child / youth’s functioning at home, at school or in the community seek additional help from your school, family doctor or a community service provider.Parent-child relationship is a protective factor; however everyone experiences challenges to our mental health and well-being throughout the lifespan.Parents are also often the first to notice when something is wrong….
17 THE RANGE OF TDSB MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES Social Worker/AttendancePsychologistChild and Youth Counselor/WorkerGuidance CounsellorSpeech and Language PathologistOccupational Therapist/PhysiotherapyAutism Spectrum Disorder TeamBehavior Resource TeamSafe and Caring SchoolsAboriginal Education TeamGender Based Violence TeamStudent EquityThrough IST and then SST these resources can be accessed
18 COMMUNITY BASED MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES Referrals are also made to our community partners;Children’s Mental Health CentresCommunity Mental Health and Addiction AgenciesFamily Doctors, Pediatricians, PsychiatristsHospital Mental Health Programs – In and Out patient, and Emergency Dept.Parents for Children’s Mental Health211 TorontoMental Health& Addiction Nurses
19 Parents and Caregivers are Important The parent-child relationship impacts the child’s and adolescent’s feelings of self-worth, dignity, identify and belonging.Through interactions with their children and adolescents, parents are in a unique position to strengthen these important elements of mental health.
20 Student Mental Health depends on… Relationships withcaring adults!ParentsCaregiversFamily / FriendsTeachers/ School StaffCommunity membersPeersPromoting positive student mental health and intervening earlier, involves the connection and relationship between children / youth and the adults in their life.Healthy Relationships ready children for learning!Caring adults who know their child / youth or student will also be in the best position to notice when something is wrong!
21 10 Strategies for Parents to Foster Positive Mental Health Model good mental health habits. (How do you deal with stress?)Make sure they get enough sleep!Encourage kids to exercise.Encourage creative outlets.Provide a space of their own.Create a space for kids to talk about their troubles.Help them relax.Have a predictable routine.Foster volunteering and helpfulness.Bring fun and playfulness into their lives.
22 Think of a Time that You’ve been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent... The question isn’t whether we’ve had challenges (because we’ve all had challenges!). The question is:How Do We Cope in theFace ofChallenge!
23 Factors that Make Kids Resilient StructureConsequencesParent-Child ConnectionsNurturing RelationshipsA Powerful IdentityA Sense of ControlA Sense of Belonging/Cultural Roots/Spirituality/Life PurposeFair and Just TreatmentPhysical and Psychological SafetyDr. Michael Ungar
24 R E S I L I E N C Y “I have a caring relationship with an adult.”” Being able to cope well with challenges and bounce back from difficult timesMY R E S I L I E N C Y CHECKLIST“I have a caring relationship with an adult.””
28 ResourcesTDSB Professional Support ServicesChildren’s Mental Health OntarioReaching In – Reaching Out – Promoting Resiliency in Children – a Parent ResourceThe ABCs of Mental Health – A Parent ResourceBounce Back 2nd Edition – Available at
29 Donna Quan Director of Education TDSB “Student mental health and well-being impacts everyone and belongs to each of us.”Donna Quan Director of Education TDSB