Mental Health & Well-Being

A student's mental health can affect their school performance, attendance and achievement. Positive mental health can impact learning, yet up to 20 percent or more of children and youth experience mental health problems at some point.

Schools and parents share a collective responsibility, not only to respond to a student's mental health need, but to include the promotion of positive mental health and prevention of illness in our school communities. Education, awareness and the de-stigmatization of mental health are crucial pieces of the puzzle.

Well Being Support Sessions

Together with other HDSB students, Social Work Well-Being Groups (offered on Google Meet) are for students who would like to learn supportive coping skills in a small group setting. These groups are run by HDSB School Social Workers along with occasional support from Mental Health and Addiction Nurses.

Please note: If you are in crisis, please contact ROCK crisis line at 905-878-9785.


How to spot signs of a mental health concern

Student Supports available at the HDSB

Halton Area Supports

Health Care Services for Mental Health & Well-Being

one-Link (Referral Process)

Community Supports and Services

ADAPT: Halton Alcohol, Drug, and Gambling Assessment Prevention & Treatment Services

  • Dedicated to empowering persons with alcohol, drug or gambling concerns, and their families, to manage these concerns and lead more fulfilling lives through the provision of comprehensive assessment and treatment services corresponding to need

AIDS Network

  • The AIDS Network is a registered charitable organization, and offers services to the 1.5 million people living in the communities of Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant. Since 1986, The AIDS Network has been the primary voice for HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support.

Elizabeth Fry Society

  • Youth Program & Services are divided into four sections which include Prevention, Support, Reintegration and Advocacy. Under Prevention Elizabeth Fry provides programs such as Court Support Services for Youth and under Support you will find Attendance Centres (Peel & Halton) and Youth-NOW (Y-NOW) Halton. Under Reintegration the Marjorie Amos Residence can be found and Advocacy includes a program for International Sector Collaboration and CAROW.

Halton Women's Place (crisis line available)

  • An organization providing shelter and crisis services for physically, emotionally, financially and sexually abused women and their dependent children and is dedicated to ending violence against women and their children

Hope Place Centres

  • Gender specific treatment programs, wide range of services and dedicated professionals provide the right environment to help anyone struggling with addiction to alcohol or other drugs

  • Services feature one-to-one counseling and transformative group work, with individualized treatment plans that focus on each individual’s unique needs and goals

  • Women's "Live-in" Treatment Centre - Milton; Men's "Live-in" Treatment Centre - Hornby; Community Centre - Oakville

John Howard Society of Peel-Halton-Dufferin

  • The John Howard Society's mission is to prevent crime through research, community education, and the promotion of systemic change and restorative services to individuals

  • Multiple initiatives, including: Community Services Program, Anger Management and Emotional Regulation Program, Halton Youth Justice Committee, and the Halton Youth Attendance Centre

  • Milton office location

Lighthouse for Grieving Children

  • The Lighthouse provides a place where children, teens, and their parents and guardians who have experienced a life changing death loss can come together to be part of a community. Through participation in facilitated peer groups, they find understanding, stability and support

  • Any child or teen, ages 3-19, who has experienced the death of an immediate family member or very close friend can join a group. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend the adult peer support groups which are offered at the same time as the children/teen groups.


  • An organization to support healthy living, prevent isolation and foster independence for people in our community. Links2Care supports the community through three pillars of care: Care At Home, Care In The Community, and Care for Children & Families

  • Georgetown and Acton locations

Nelson Youth Centres

  • An accredited children’s mental health centre for children and youth ages 6 to 18 in Halton. The centre provides services in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills

  • Programs target children and youth who are struggling with mental health and behavioral challenges and their families

  • Nelson Youth Centres, using individual, family and group therapies, support the emotional, social and behavioral well being of children, youth and families while strengthening families in our community

Parents for Children's Mental Health (Georgetown Chapter)

  • PCMH offers chapters across the Province to provide support groups, and peer to peer assistance with finding resources appropriate for your family. Connect with the Georgetown chapter to become connected with families who understand and can travel the road with you on the journey you are on

Radius Child and Youth Services

  • Radius Child & Youth Services is a specialized community-based organization that provides clinical assessment and counselling services to children, adolescents and families affected by interpersonal abuse

ROCK: Reach Out Centre for Kids (Georgetown walk-in clinic available)

  • An opportunity to see a trained therapist in your moment of need

  • Immediate opportunity for therapeutic conversation

  • Connection to other services if needed. For many, a single session is all that’s needed, but you can come more than once, the decision is yours

SAVIS: Sexual Assault& Violence Intervention Services (crisis line available)

  • Provides free and confidential one-on-one, online and telephone counselling from a feminist perspective

  • Counselling is available at our Oakville, Acton, Burlington, Georgetown and Milton locations

Sexual Health Clinics (Georgetown walk-in clinic available)

  • The Halton Region Health Department operates Sexual Health Clinics at five different locations in Halton Region. Learn about where to find sexual health clinics in Halton Region and the services they provide

Thrive Counselling Services Halton (formerly Halton Family Services & Access Counselling & Family Services) (Oakville & Burlington walk-in clinic available)

  • Assists people struggling with individual and family issues including family conflict, separation, divorce, depression, abuse or violence and grief and loss. Thrive Counselling supports people to thrive in the face of challenge and change

Youth Services Halton Region

  • Halton's youth services include programs designed to engage and encourage youth. Take advantage of the many youth services available in Halton.

Crisis Services

COAST: Crisis Outreach and Support Team

  • The Halton Regional Police Service Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) provides Halton Region residents aged 16 and over, who are experiencing a mental health crisis with immediate outreach and support

  • Comprised of health care workers and HRPS officers trained in mental health and crisis intervention, and is funded by the Canadian Mental Health Association of Halton and by the Ontario Ministry of Health

ROCK: Crisis Line

  • ROCK's Crisis Response Program provides immediate outreach for children and youth, their parents/caregivers, and community members. The Crisis Response telephone number will connect you to our 24-hour answering service. You will then be connected with a crisis counsellor as soon as possible.

Tips for Self Care

Self-care is an important part of wellness. Take time and discover what helps you to feel good and recharge. Take a look at these self-care tips from School Mental Health Ontario.

Contact Lines for Immediate Counselling

  • Crisis Services Canada provides suicide prevention and support. it is a safe and confidential place to talk or text in your own way. Connecting with Crisis Services Canada can help you find strategies to cope and link you to local resources

  • Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust

  • ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling

  • Distress Centre Halton provides telephone and online support to people in our community to better cope with crisis, loneliness, and emotional stress

  • Kids Help Phone is Canada's only 24/7 national service offering professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support for young people in both English and French

  • Good2Talk is a free, confidential helpline for post-secondary students in Ontario. By calling Good2Talk, students can receive information and referrals about services and supports for mental health, addictions and well-being on and off campus or speak anonymously with a professional counsellor

  • LGBT Youthline is a toll-free phone line to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning young people across Ontario

  • SAVIS offers a 24 hours support crisis line that provides free, confidential, and non-judgmental support to all survivors of violence, including female-identified, male-identified, and members of the transgender community

  • Talk For Healing is a culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women available in 14 languages all across Ontario

  • Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community

  • Youth Space is a place for any youth across Canada, under 30, that is experiencing any sort of crisis to come and talk

Virtual Support

Self Help Resources (apps, courses, and online learning)

  • Be Safe is a mobile app that aims to help young adults make a decision about seeking help in a crisis (app)

  • Big White Wall is an online mental health and well-being service offering self-help programs, creative outlets and a community that cares (online community)

  • Bounce Back is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness (online community)

  • MindShift uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety (app)

  • My Anxiety Plan is an anxiety management program from Anxiety Canada based on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). MAP is designed to provide adults struggling with anxiety with practical strategies and tools to manage anxiety. MAP includes 6 easy to navigate units with 45 lessons (online learning)

  • Stop, Breath & Think is an emotional wellness platform for the “under 25” generation whose mission it is to help kids, teens and young adults build the emotional strength to tackle life’s ups and downs (app, smartspeaker)

  • Virtual Hope Box is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking (app)

Educating yourself about Mental Health & Well-Being

Anxiety Canada:

  • Anxiety Canada is a developer of free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety. We are the developers of the free MindShift™ CBT app for iOS and Android devices, which helps Canadians manage anxiety using scientifically proven strategies. They also serve Canadians by developing services and programs they can trust, including our online directory (Finding Help), and our online courses (My Anxiety Plans).

Child Mind Institute

  • This guides collected here cover a broad range of topics, from the basics on children's mental health and learning disorders to advice for parents handling common challenges. And the Parents Guide to Getting Good Care offers step-by-step assistance to parents trying to get help for children, whatever the problem, from how to decide whether your child needs to see a professional to how to know if the treatment you’re getting is appropriate.

Offord Centre for Child Studies

  • The Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development was designed to focus on certain disorders, behaviour problems, and life circumstances that can have a significant impact on children’s health and well-being. The Centre of Knowledge’ website underwent transition, and they are housing the information pamphlets produced by the Centre of Knowledge here

Sick Kids The Learning Hub

  • This hub includes resources for parents on how to support your child's mental health and general wellbeing through physical activity, sleep and nutrition. It also provides information on the signs, symptoms and treatments of different mental health conditions, including anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, behavioural disorders, anorexia nervosa and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Teen Mental Health

  • The materials TMH have created are provided in a variety of mediums that include animations, face-to-face training programs, web-based training programs, mobile applications, eBooks, easy to understand guides and books designed specifically for youth, parents, educators and health providers

The ABCs of Mental Health

  • Parents and teachers often have questions about the behaviour of children and adolescents. They may worry about whether a behaviour is appropriate for a particular age or developmental stage, or a sign that something might be wrong. They may wonder why it is occurring, and how best to respond.

  • The ABCs of Mental Health provides two free, web-based Resources - one for teachers and one for parents – to help answer these questions

Find Private Support Personnel

  • Psychiatrists - Medical doctors who can prescribe medication. Their services are covered by OHIP. To go to a psychiatrist, you need a referral from a family doctor

  • Psychologists - Cannot prescribe medication. Their services are not covered by OHIP. But, private health insurance may cover all or some psychologist services. Psychologists are registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario

  • Counsellors and therapists - Provide psychological counselling, but cannot prescribe medication. They often have a background in social work. You have to pay for these services. Counsellors and therapists may be members of a voluntary professional association, such as the Canadian Counselling Association

  • Getting Help - What are Doctors, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Counsellors, and Social Workers?

  • THE TORONTO STAR: How to get help for mental illness in Ontario

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Ontario Psychological Association

Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Canadian Mental Health Association

Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists

Ontario Association of Social Workers

Canadian Counselling Association

Ontario Psychotherapy Referral Directory

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario