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Our Strategy and Action Plan

Everything we do is evidence-based and student-centred. Our work directly and uniquely connects to and is aligned with the Ontario curriculum.

Goals

To achieve our collective vision, we work together with schools and systems on six collaborative goals:

  1. Safe, healthy, inclusive and accepting learning environments
  2. Opportunities for sequenced, developmentally appropriate, social-emotional learning
  3. Opportunities for student-engaged, developmentally-appropriate, mental health learning
  4. School staff and parents/families who notice and respond appropriately when students are experiencing social-emotional problems
  5. Available and accessible prevention and early intervention services at school
  6. A strong home-school circle of support and clear pathways to, from and through more intensive services when needed

Strategies

For 2019-2022, we have five key strategies to achieve these goals:

  1. Provide resources, training and implementation support to assist school and system leaders and school staff to create and sustain mentally healthy schools and classrooms
  2. Provide resources, training and implementation support for evidence-based social-emotional learning that fits within Ontario classrooms
  3. Engage young people, parents/families, and adult allies to develop and share resources for building student mental health literacy at school, home and in the community
  4. Provide role-specific resources, training and implementation support to enhance knowledge, confidence, consistency and quality in responding to mild-moderate student mental health and addiction needs at school
  5. Provide role-specific resources, training and implementation support to respond to serious student mental health and addiction needs in collaboration with system partners
The goals and strategies that are part of our action plan surround the word students at the centre.

Ontario School Mental Health Strategy, 2019-2022

Timelines and Trajectory

Need help now?

We don’t provide mental health advice, counselling or treatment. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. You can also reach out to Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.