WE ARE HERE TO HELP
STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH CHECK-INS
Parent Webinars - Supporting Child Mental Wellness
As part of our education series on Mental Wellness - Supporting our Students During Uncertainty, the Social Work team has developed a webinar for parents and caregivers. The team will be discussing how parents can support their children as the school year comes to an end and to how to manage the uncertainties ahead. Supporting your children in their learning, enduring social isolation, coping with health anxiety and just managing the day to day can be a considerable challenge for many parents and guardians. We want to help.
Supporting Mental Wellness in Our Children and Youth through the Challenges of Online Learning will offer you and your family research supported means to help your child through these challenges and offer you tips on how to manage difficult emotions. We will be exploring different ways to cope and how to remain hopeful and resilient.
Adrienne Madden M.A. Registered Psychotherapist
Andrea Barton, M.S.W., RSW Social Worker
Steven Spack, M.S.W., RSW Social Worker
The webinar will be offered at two different times on Thursday, June 18, 2020, from 10 am to 11 am, and from 6 pm to 7 pm for parent convenience. We look forward to sharing this information and will be offering a brief question and answer period at the end of the presentation. Please join us.
Use the link below to access the webinar on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
Student Summer Transition Supports
There will be Social Work support available throughout the summer for students and families who are seeking resources or support during this time. Additional members of the Mental Health Team may be found supporting our summer learning camps in July. Some Special Education and Mental Health staff will be available to work with school staff engaged in transition to school activities later in August. These plans are currently in process.
Further information and details will be provided in the coming days and weeks.
Mental Health Resources and Supports
These are trying times for students and parents and we are here to help.
The Mental Health Team at the Near North District School Board is offering mental health check-ins for students using virtual and other telecommunication tools; phone, email and video.
Please note, this is intended to be a continuation of the care you were being provided and not designed to provide 24-hour crisis support or an emergency service
The focus of this service is to offer a mental health check-in to students in grades 7 to 12 who were receiving counselling supports at school. In addition, our Social Work team can also provide support and guidance to parents and caregivers and provide mental health check-ins for students that have emerging mental health needs and are not connected to a counsellor.
For our elementary students, the Child Development Counsellors will be offering social-emotional learning resources through each school’s Edbsy platform and are available by email or phone to support those activities designed to reduce stress and health-related anxiety.
Please refer to the list of counsellors on our board website and monitor communication with your school through Edsby to link to the counsellor you were connected to prior to school closures.
If you are not currently connected to a counsellor or are unsure who your counsellor is, please use the email email@example.com and our mental health professionals will assist you.
Email your counsellor requesting a mental health check-in and leave a phone number where you can be reached. The emails are monitored from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. You will be contacted by a school counsellor to arrange for a mental health check-in time. If a video connection is deemed to be more helpful, you will receive an email link invite through your board email address with instructions on how to connect.
If you have any questions about this service contact our Mental Health Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Case of an Emergency
Please note that care and support provided through video or audio communication cannot replace the need for an in-person visit for urgent and emergency situations. While we are committed to diligent monitoring of the email access routes, if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency, call 911 or go to your emergency department at your local hospital. Even in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, professionals are available to support you.
- If you are not sure if it is an emergency, or just need to talk through the situation, consider reaching out to Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, or the Hands Crisis Line at 1-844-287-9072.
- For youth 16 years and older, the Mobile Crisis North Bay City Police and North Bay Regional Health Centre are operating regular hours Monday-Friday 8-6, available through the non-emergency line of the police service 705-497-5555.
- Children and teens can speak with a counsellor 24/7 by calling Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or texting CONNECT to 686868.
- Connex Ontario is a central database for services available at Connexontario.ca or by telephone 1-866-531-2600.
Our Mental Health Team
Mental Health Lead: email@example.com
Child Development Counsellors – Secondary and Intermediate Schools
- Chippewa Secondary School (7-12) firstname.lastname@example.org
- West Ferris Secondary School (7-12) email@example.com
- Widdifield Secondary School (9-12) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Northern & F. J. McElligott Secondary Schools (9-12) email@example.com (Beth)
- Almaguin Highlands Secondary School (9-12) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parry Sound High School (7-12) email@example.com
- W.J. Fricker Senior firstname.lastname@example.org
- Laurentian Learning Centre email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary Child Development Counsellors
Our elementary counsellors support a family of schools and will be working closely with their schools to send you resources to support education and social emotional learning. The counsellors can support parents and students that want to engage their children in fun activities that can reduce stress and health related anxiety. They will work in collaboration with the social work team to support parents with any challenges they may be experiencing. You will be receiving communication through the Edsby platform or please reach out by email to the counsellor supporting your school.
- Phelps, E.W. Norman, E. T. Carmichael, Vincent Massey email@example.com
- M.T. Davidson, Alliance, W.J. Fricker firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mattawa District, Whitewoods (Beth) email@example.com
- Silver Birches, Sunset Park, Woodland firstname.lastname@example.org
- Land of Lakes, Humphrey, South River, Evergreen Heights email@example.com
- Argyle, South Shore, Mapleridge, Sundridge, Ferris Glen firstname.lastname@example.org
- Whitestone, MacTier, McDougall, Magnetawan, email@example.com
- Parry Sound Public, Nobel firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Work Team
The social work team has a collective address as they serve the entire board by region with a central access point: email@example.com
If you are connected to a Counsellor from the Social Work Team here is their direct email:
- firstname.lastname@example.org – Almaguin and Parry Sound Areas
- steven.spack @nearnorthschools.ca – North East - Mattawa
- email@example.com – North West – Sturgeon Falls
Brief Counsellor Team
- firstname.lastname@example.org – Laurentian Learning Centre, Almaguin Highlands
- email@example.com – Laurentian Learning Centre, Parry Sound High
- firstname.lastname@example.org - West Ferris and Chippewa
- email@example.com – Widdifield and W.J.Fricker