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Resources for Parents and Guardians

These books, resources, videos and websites contain general information about children’s mental health issues but they are not intended as a substitute for the advice of a trained professional.

Supporting students with behaviourial concerns.​

School Mental Health Ontario

School Mental Health Ontario​ (SMHO), works with all school boards across Ontario with regard to student mental health. As a parent/guardian or family member you may be seeking information and ways to support your child’s mental health.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario
Lists many reliable Parent Resource Guides on Children and Youth Mental Health, tips, resources, helpful links.  

When Something’s Wrong:  a resource for parents

Many chapters of this book are available as a free download.  Provides a brief description of mental health problems, as well as strategies for classroom.


The ABC’s of Mental Health:  Grade JK-Gr. 12

This parent resource helps parents understand what is developmentally appropriate in the area of children and youth behavior and mental health.  It offers suggestions for when further help may be needed, and helpful tips for strategies within the home.

The Psychology Foundation of Canada: JK-Gr. 12 

The Psychology Foundation of Canada is a non-profit organization offering excellent parent and school resources focused on stress reduction. Resources are available for parents to better understand and cope with their own stress and the stress their children may experience.

People for Education: JK- Gr. 12

This informative website for and by parents offers helpful tips and resources to assit families in navigating their child's education.  This 3 minute video offers an easy to understand message on how we can support our children's education and well-being.

Additional Reliable Mental Health and Wellness Resources

A list of additional mental health websites reviewed by Toronto Catholic District School Board Mental Health professionals.

A list of mental health organizations reviewed by Toronto Catholic District School Board Mental Health professionals for support of African Canadian Students/Families during Pandemic 2020

Fostering Resiliency in our Childr​en and Youth: workshop delivered at the 2019 Special Services Fair: 

Workshops for Parents and Guardians of students in grades K​- 12