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The Ministry of Education has announced that all schools will remain closed to students beginning April 19. Please do not send your child to school. Remote learning will continue during this closure.

Mental Illness and Mental Health Awareness

Children's Mental Health Week

Each year, Ontarians mark the first full week of May as Children's Mental Health Week. This important week is about:

  • Increasing awareness of the signs of child and youth mental health problems

  • Decreasing stigma

  • Understanding that help is available and it works!

  • For more information on Children’s’ Mental Health Week please see Children's Mental Health Ontario website

Children's Mental Health Awareness Toolkit - Information for Parents

YRDSB is pleased to share with schools a toolkit that contains:

  • ​Daily PA announcements

  • Daily Classroom activities (elementary and secondary options are provided).

  • Handout templates

5 classroom activities coincide which each day of the week. This year we have aligned our daily activities to some of the health topics found in the Health and Physical Education Curriculum. Our 5 strategies and activities (for students JK - grade 8)are:

  1. Be Mindful - Visualization and Body Scan
  2. Reach Out - Purposeful Listening
  3. Exercise & Eat Healthy - Let Go and Stretch 2
  4. Be Grateful - Gratitude Moment
  5. Include and Welcome- Inspirational Outdoor Graffiti​

Parents are encouraged to speak with their school principal if they would like more information regarding these activities and to access the toolkit for their own information and resource. ​

Learn more about how we're fostering mental health and well-being​.

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