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You’re your child’s first and most important teacher. You will help them develop their sense of self-worth by how you love, accept and respond to them, and they’ll learn from you about how to cope with life’s challenges.

What is Mental Health?

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Build your knowledge of mental health so you can support your child.

What is Social-Emotional Learning?

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Social-emotional learning is important for all of us. Understand what it is and how you can support your child’s development of social-emotional skills.

How Ontario’s Schools Support Students

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Schools are the most common place where children and youth in Ontario access mental health support. Learn about the role of schools.

Common Concerns

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Understand the more common mental health concerns for children and youth.

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.