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You have the power to make a difference in school mental health. You can start by taking care of your mental health and supporting your friends. But you can also get involved with activities at your school, school board, or with us to help more students.


Get involved locally

Your voice matters. Learn how you can get involved to impact mental health at your school or school board. Speak to your guidance counsellor or principal/vice-principal about opportunities at your school. Check with your board Mental Health Leader to see if there are student engagement initiatives you can get involved with.

Many schools have Jack.org chapters. See a list of all Ontario chapters.

#HearNowON – Ontario students told us what they think about mental health promotion at school

One of the things you can do as a student is to share your ideas and input about school mental health at a provincial level. In spring 2019, we worked with a group called Wisdom2Action to gather student ideas about mental health in an initiative called #HearNowON. High school students across Ontario joined with us in regional forums, and participated in an online survey, to help to shape the next steps in school mental health in Ontario. We’re using the input received to create a student mental health leadership strategy.

Here’s what we learned

School Mental Health Ontario’s Student Reference Group – ThriveSMH: Students for Mental Health

ThriveSMH: Students for Mental Health is a committee of students from across Ontario who work with us to make sure we provide the kinds of supports students want and need.

Members are nominated by mental health leaders at their school boards. Our group is complete for the 2019-2020 school year.

If you’re interested in being part of ThriveSMH, speak with your vice-principal or principal and ask them to help you contact your board’s mental health leader.

Sign up below to stay up to date with the work of ThriveSMH.

Meet the group for 2019-2020

Aidan

I am a secondary school student from Brighton, Ontario. I spend time on the golf course and engaged in humanitarian work at my school. I am involved in this group to help students understand where they can seek mental health support, ways to improve their own well-being and to normalize discussions around mental health in schools.

Alexa

I am a secondary school student from Northern Ontario. I enjoy exercising and swimming. I am involved in this group to support students in accessing professional mental health services and to help create more awareness around this subject.

Alli

I am a secondary school student living in Pembroke, Ontario. I enjoy playing sports with my family and friends along with drawing, painting and baking. I am involved in this group to help all students find a safe place to talk about mental their mental health.

Anisha

I am a secondary school student living in Waterloo. I enjoy playing video games, basketball and writing. I became involved in this group to join something bigger than myself and reduce the stigma of mental illness. As a student and someone with a passion for creating better change, I know that reducing the stigma of something as important as mental health is crucial in today’s world.

Ben

I am a secondary school student from Toronto. I enjoy playing video games, watching movies and reading Marvel comics! I joined this group to help reduce the stigma around mental illness, and teach religious equality and that we must celebrate everyone’s differences!

Gwen

I am an elementary school student from the Toronto are. I enjoy playing video games and crocheting. I joined this group to increase my understanding of mental illness.

Jamie

I am a secondary school student from the Toronto area. I love photography and enjoy playing softball and spending time with friends. I am involved in this group to learn how to better others and myself to support their peers on where and how to seek mental health supports.

Meghan

I am a secondary school student from the Ottawa area. I am on a track team and ride horses competitively. I also enjoy learning new languages. I joined this group to help spread awareness on mental health help-seeking resources.

Mackenzie

I am a secondary school student from the Niagara area. I love to read books, watch Netflix, draw and play board games. I joined this group to help spread awareness about mental health and help-seeking resources that are available for students.

Mya

I am a secondary school student from the Toronto area. I adore reading, playing soccer, acting and shopping. I am involved in this group as an advocate for others who struggle with mental health and to help provide extensive resources for 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.