Need help now?

We don't provide mental health advice, counselling, or treatment. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact your local community crisis team. You can also reach out to the Indigenous Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310, the Black Youth Helpline 1-833-294-8650, or Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868.

Our Strategy and Action Plan

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


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

  • Students are welcomed and included and feel a sense of belonging and caring at school
  • Students learn skills that help them to identify emotions and cope with stress
  • Students learn about mental health and know when and how to ask for help
  • Students receive timely and responsive evidence-based prevention and early intervention services at school
  • Students and families know where to turn for more intensive support when needed


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

  • Welcoming, safe, inclusive, and culturally-responsive settings for in-person and remote learning
  • Evidence-based, culturally-responsive wellness promotion and social-emotional skill development
  • Student mental health literacy, help-seeking and peer help-giving, family information and support
  • Early identification and early intervention for students with mild to moderate mental health and/or substance use problems
  • Framework for system collaboration and service pathways, family information and support, suicide prevention
  • Implementation coaching, communication and co-creation, measurement and monitoring, ISU Lab, equity-focused mental health

School Mental Health Ontario 2019-2022 Action Plan