Health & Wellness in School
Roles in Supporting Student Mental Health
We all have a role to play in supporting student positive mental health. Below are the roles that each member of our schools’ communities can play.
- Provide appropriate support within the framework of a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment when they recognize that a student may be struggling with mental health difficulties;
- Work together with other school staff to help all students learn about and experience positive mental health;
- Create a learning environment that is inclusive and values diversity. Provide appropriate universal and targeted strategies and supports to address students’ strengths, learning challenges and areas for growth;
- Foster equality and nurture a sense of belonging and a positive sense of self;
- Look for teaching and learning opportunities to enhance resiliency, social-emotional competencies and other mental health literacies;
- Collaborate with service providers and other specialists to design and provide targeted and specialized supports; and
- Build positive relationships with students, families, peers and others in the school and in the community to support student learning and well-being.
- Support inclusive learning environments;
- Provide their staff with resources and professional development opportunities to help them enhance their knowledge and understanding of mental health;
- Work with staff, students and their families to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and mental illness; and
- Build positive working relationships with students, teachers, support staff, families, school councils and community partners so mental health needs can be identified, discussed and responded to.
- Make referrals to the area learning team who will then triage to the appropriate area supports
- Provide information, support and advice to schools on early identification of mental health concerns;
- Provide small-group and targeted interventions, on an as-needed basis;
- Work with schools to clarify local pathways to service;
- Provide crisis response when there are significant school or community events that could negatively impact the mental health of students and school staff.
- Provide assessment and coordinated intervention and treatment for individual or small groups of students;
- Ensure that procedures are in place to share relevant information from and with school staff;
- Share outcomes and recommendations with families and school teams; and
- Support schools in understanding and responding to the learning and transitional needs of individual students with significant mental health needs.
Parents and Families
- Support positive mental health habits at home;
- Have an awareness of signs of mental health concerns;
- Support their child/youth in obtaining the supports needed;
- Provide information to school staff (such as classroom teacher, guidance/resource counsellor and/or administration) and service providers that support their child/youth;
- Support communication between home, school and community;
- Collaborate with service providers and school staff; and
- Engage in service when and to the extent that is appropriate