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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Mental Health Awareness Week

May 4-11, 2014  
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Children’s Mental Health Ontario Announces: Children's Mental Health Week 2014 May 4-10, 2014


1 in 5 Ontario children and youth has a mental health problem - That's about 500,000 kids. Disorders range from anxiety, depression and conduct disorder to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder. Left untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide.
The good news is that help is available and treatment works!
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, and
§  Understanding that help is available and it works!
§  For more information on Children’s’ Mental Health Week please see
At TCDSB, we have made good strides in continuing to support student mental health and well-being!
§  TCDSB First  Student Mental Health and Well-Being Policy: June 2013
§  “ Journey to Wellness”  : TCDSB’s Mental Health and Well-Being Video ( January 2014)
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 4-10, 2014 TCDSB Highlights
§  Check out the TCDSB’s Stop the Stigma Share Point link for various Secondary School Mental Health Awareness events.


§  Students and staff of TCDSB’s SAL program submitted a fantastic entry to the Children’s Mental Health Ontario “Change the View “mental health awareness video contest 2014. the video was featured as the “video of the day” on April 17th   ( scroll to#101).  The original song and Claymation were created by TCDSB students to normalize experiences of stress and negative thinking. Inspired by neuroscientist Rick Hanson's work on positive thinking, 20 students reflected on how they 'take in the good' during bad times and offer a message of hope. Good luck to the SAL students!!


Thank you for considering participating and supporting Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 4-10, 2014!

A Mental Health note



Navigating the Teen Years
May 8th at Father John Redmond

Stop the Stigma 2014 Calendar of Presentations 

Change the View Contest
Mental Health Awareness Week
May 5-11, 2014