What does mental health and well-being have to do with school?


“Mental Health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

World Health Organization

Good mental health is vital to our well-being. It provides us with a positive world view, helps us to deal with life’s challenges, and supports healthy relationships with our friends, families and communities. Mental health helps us to reach our potential.

“There is a clear relationship between student mental health problems and academic difficulties. When students are preoccupied with emotional concerns they cannot participate fully in learning. Similarly, students who are experiencing academic challenges due to learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, or other learning problems can develop mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression as a result. These concerns also interfere with social relationships and contribute to feelings of low self-worth, anger, worry and confusion.”

Mental Health ASSIST

WRDSB Mental Health Strategy

The Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) recognizes the clear relationship between student mental health problems and academic difficulties. We know that mental wellness is a condition for learning. When we attend to student wellness in our school system and within our classrooms, students have a greater opportunity to reach their academic and social-emotional potential.

The WRDSB believes that the mental wellness of staff and students is critical to the achievement of our Vision, Mission and Strategic Directions. The WRDSB is committed to the Mental Health Strategy to support mental health and well‐being as they provide direction to support the overall health and wellness of our organization.

Who can I talk to at school regarding my child’s mental health concerns?

  • You may find it helpful to speak to your child’s teacher. The school Principal and/or guidance department (in secondary schools) is always a good place to go for help too. They can connect you with other resources you may need.
  • Each school has access to a designated school social worker and psychologist through a referral process that happens at the school.
  • If you are worried about your child’s mental health or safety, or that of someone else, be sure to ask for help from a health care professional.

Where can I go in my community for help if I am concerned about my child’s mental health?

  • Here 24/7 – Addictions, Mental Health & Crisis Services Waterloo – Wellington (available 24 hours a day/7 days a week) – 519-821-3582 or 1-844-437-3247
  • Front Door – Access for Children and Youth Mental Health Services in Waterloo Region – 519-749-2932
  • Ray of Hope – Youth Addictions – 519-743-2311 · 1081 King St E Kitchener

Suicide Prevention

Tell someone if you have concerns or thoughts about suicide.

  • Call the crisis line (1-844-437-3247)
  • Call 911 if it is an emergency

Check out the resources at: www.wrspc.ca