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HWCDSB Mental Health and Well-being:  Return to School

HWCDSB Mental Health and Well-being: Return to School

Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board has a strong commitment to enhance and protect student mental health as we return to school. This is the foundation for student success during this challenging time. Students can only feel ready to engage and learn when they feel mentally well and are warmly welcomed back to class. Above all, staff and students need to feel safe, confident, included and cared for, whether they attend school in-person or remotely, in coming months.



Just like physical health, our mental health changes. We go through periods when we do not feel as mentally well. Everyone has mental health. It might be helpful to think about mental health as a range or continuum. On one end is the optimal, on-top-of-the-world mental health. On the other is poor mental health.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911 or visit your local emergency department. Other emergent supports include:

COAST Hamilton

Mental health crisis outreach and support for all ages.
Crisis Line (905) 972-8338;

Kids Help Phone

24/7 counselling and information service for young people.
Crisis Line 1-800-668-6868;
If you would like to connect with your child’s school regarding their mental health, please contact the school principal in order to determine whether a referral to the social work department would be appropriate.

Student Resources

COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub:

A Guide to Reaching Out for Help: ...

Kids Help Phone:

Children’s Mental Health Ontario: (pending)

Parent/Family Resources:

Noticing Mental Health Concerns in your Child: ...

Hamilton Health Sciences Back To School Video Series: ...

Canadian Mental Health Association Hamilton:

Children’s Mental Health Ontario:

School Mental Health Ontario

School Mental Health Ontario works with school districts across Ontario to support student mental health. Evidence-based resources and information can be found below.
SMHO - Parents and Families

SMHO - Parents and Families