“One of the best things to do as a young person is to tell a trusted adult at school or at home who can help arrange to get supports for you,” explains Dr. David Armstrong, Chief Psychologist with the UCDSB. Students that are struggling at school or at home can contact the Kids Help Phone by text, online chat or by calling the 1-800-668-6868, he adds.
Students and family members can go to the Student Well-Being portion of the UCDSB website to learn more about the resources available in their communities. In addition, ReachOutNow.ca and MindYourMind.ca are both valuable resources for youth who might be struggling or know someone who is.
“We want to normalize and destigmatize mental health and seeking supports,” says Armstrong. “Whether you’re in a crisis or if that crisis has past and you are just feeling blah, down, anxious, or nervous there are supports that can help within our community partners in our schools.”
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