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New opportunity for parents and caregivers to have input on student mental health in Ontario

Welcome parents and caregivers! Apply today to join School Mental Health Ontario’s new Parent and Caregiver Collaboration Group.

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We recognize, more than ever, how important it is for parents and caregivers to be engaged with their child’s school on matters related to mental health and wellness. This engagement provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to:

We appreciate the unique and important perspective that parents and caregivers bring, and we would like to offer a similar opportunity for parent engagement related to school mental health at a provincial level. 

That is why School Mental Health Ontario (SMH-ON) is launching a Parent and Caregiver Collaboration Group (PCCG).

Through this group, parents and caregivers can engage with SMH-ON team members to share their experiences and provide input and advice on developing mental health supports at school. SMH-ON will also look to the PCCG for their best thinking on resources for parents and caregivers to notice the signs of a mental health problem and to support their child when social and emotional difficulties arise.

We recognize parents and caregivers are an important part of a student’s circle of support, and we are committed to working alongside parents and caregivers to update, extend, and create resources that can support the needs of every Ontario student.   

What is the PCCG?

The PCCG is a group of passionate parents and caregivers from across the province working alongside SMH-ON to:

The group will consist of about 12 members from across Ontario. It will be facilitated by SMH-ON Parent and Caregiver Engagement Consultants.

Why join?

As a member of the Parent and Caregiver Collaboration Group you can:

Who is eligible?

All parents and caregivers with children who attend publicly funded elementary or secondary schools in Ontario (i.e., English and French, Catholic and public district school boards), who are interested in children and youth mental health can apply. Your voice matters!

We welcome, in particular, applications from parents and caregivers who bring diverse perspectives and/or lived experiences supporting their children with mental health problems. We strive to create a supportive space for healthy dialogue and productive work, holding space for quiet voices, and those who are lending their expertise for the first time.

We seek to include parents and caregivers from regions across the province, and from many communities, representing students with many identities, intersectionalities, and experiences.

Languages: both English and bilingual (English-French) speakers are welcome. The full group will be facilitated in English, and French-speaking members will also have ongoing opportunities to converse with the Parent/Caregiver Engagement Consultant (Francophone).

What do students hope for?

Students are at the centre of all we do a SMH-ON. We asked students from ThriveSMH, our student reference group, how they hope parents and caregivers can be involved in school mental health. Here’s what they said:

Have questions? Stop by an open house

We are holding a virtual open house for interested parents and caregivers on Thursday, Oct. 27  at 7 to 8 p.m. EST. The open house will be an opportunity for parents and caregivers to ask questions and gain knowledge about the purpose of the group and related expectations for participation.

Your voice is important, do consider joining the PCCG. Your ideas and involvement will help with updating and co-creating supports for schools, and with developing resources to build knowledge about mental health for parents and caregivers across the province.

For more information
contact
Patricia Codner (pcodner@smho-smso.ca)
Fireda Ahmed (fahmed@smho-smso.ca)
For more information: pcodner@smho-smso.ca or fahmed@smho-smso.ca