September 7th, 2021
As part of our ongoing work to assist students and families during the transition back to school, we wanted to remind families of the many resources available to support student mental health and well-being.
Even at the best of times, some children experience more challenges than others when it comes to going to school. These resources include information that will help parents and caregivers understand more about the nature of anxiety and the problem with avoiding scary things.
Parents and caregivers are not alone when it comes to helping children with their return to school. When needed, educators and school board mental health professionals are happy to connect with caregivers and parents to help children overcome fears and anxieties about things such as going to school.
Who can I talk to at school regarding my child’s mental health concerns?
- You may find it helpful to speak to your child’s teacher, the school Principal and/or guidance department (in secondary schools). They can help connect you with other resources you may need.
- Each school also has access to a designated school social worker and psychologist through a referral process
- If you are worried about your child’s mental health or safety, or that of someone else, be sure to ask for help from a healthcare professional.
Find more information about Mental Health & Well-being on our website.
Caregivers’ Guide to Setting the Stage for Return to School
The Caregivers’ Guide to Setting the Stage for Return to School, compiled by WRDSB Psychological Services, is designed to help caregivers support and communicate with their children in ways that help them feel calm and secure as they return to school.
While some of these suggestions were particularly helpful in setting the stage for the “return-to-school” phase, they also reflect strategies that can be helpful on an ongoing basis. For example, parents and caregivers were provided information about the cycle of anxiety and school avoidance, as well as how the words we use may lower or increase anxiety.
Five Minutes to Wellbeing in Five Weeks
The Five in Five resources, created by WRDSB Psychological Services, were designed to offer parents and caregivers a guide to incorporating everyday practices that can contribute to overall well-being. This resource was created for students in Grade 4 or above, but younger students can also benefit with assistance from adults.
Are You Ready to Go Back to School?
The Are You Ready to Go Back to School guide from WRDSB Psychological Services offered some considerations for students and families as they return to school this September.
Mental Health Resources for Students, Parents and Caregivers
In the Mental Health Resources section of our website, you’ll find a selection of resources to assist students, parents and caregivers in supporting their own well-being, and that of their children.
Resources from Community Organizations
- Mentally Healthy Back to School Support Package | School Mental Health Ontario
- How Can I Help Someone in Mental Distress? | Mental Health Commission of Canada
- Preparing Your Child to Go Back to School In-Person | Child Mind Institute
- Teenagers and Back-to-School Stress | Child Mind Institute
- Back-to-School Tips for Kids Who Are Struggling | Child Mind Institute
- Academic Setbacks During COVID | Child Mind Institute
- August Parenting Ideas | The Umbrella Project