Bell Let’s Talk – Mental Health Supports in Schools
Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, a nationwide day of recognition and conversation about mental health.
Too often our friends, family members and co-workers deal with mental health issues in silence. Fear of being judged, being made fun of or being stigmatized make it hard for people to ask for help and for others to offer support.
It’s time to bust the stigma!
In CCRSB we know that the mental health and well-being of our students and staff is essential to providing a supportive environment and to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to find their own success.
Our schools offer a variety of mental health services and supports for students including trained guidance counsellors, the SchoolsPlus program, family interventionists (in some areas) and high school health centres. School psychologists provide supports to students through short-term counselling; they also help school teams to develop behaviour/support plans and work on self-regulation skills with students to help support mental health concerns.
Our partnerships with Mental Health and Addictions Services and Community Services also allows students access to expert staff and counsellors without requiring a referral. Some of our schools are also incorporating school-wide programs aimed at supporting the mental health of students.
There is always more to be done and CCRSB is committed to the continued support of mental health services, programming and partnerships for our students and staff.
Students that need help can go to their school office, talk to a teacher, a guidance counsellor or any other school staff member. Students in crisis can also get help by contacting the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team at 902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167. You can visit their website at www.mentalhealthns.ca to learn more, as well as www.novacotia.ca/help.
Let’s talk and bust the stigma around mental health!