Mentally Healthy Back to School Support Package – Practical, evidence-informed mental health supports as we return to school
School Mental Health Ontario (SMH-ON) has released the Mentally Healthy Back-to-School Support Package, including a variety of practical, evidence-based resources to promote and protect mental health and well-being at school. Built upon the Back to School Support Packages from previous years, the kit includes updates to key resources such as; The First Ten Days, Start Well, Listen, Believe and Act, and How to Support a Mentally Healthy Back to School for Your Child. Also available within the support package are a wide range of materials such as tip sheets, info sheets, lesson plans, social media shareables, videos, guides, reflection tools and a comprehensive PD Day slide deck designed to support mandatory mental health learning on the back-to-school PD Days.
All of the materials align with the Ontario curriculum and promote a culturally-responsive approach. These resources are accessible to all publicly funded school boards in Ontario, and are developed to be customized by school board Mental Health Leadership Teams to fit with local needs and priorities.
The Mentally Healthy Back to School Support Package, helps Ontario school boards to prepare well to support student mental health and well-being as we embark on a new school year.