Lighting the way to summer mental health supports
In response to the additional strains on student mental health resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education provided funds to retain regulated mental health supports over the summer months while schools were on break.
Social workers and social services workers were available over the summer to ensure continuity of service and provide support to 89 students and families. Over the summer, there were 332 virtual contacts made and 112 in-person home visits.
The mental health team also introduced a new logo of a multi-coloured, flourishing tree that emphasizes the importance of nurturing the core four areas of an individual’s body, heart, spirit and mind, to support mental health, growth and well-being.
Throughout 2021, the mental health team was dedicated to offering guidance and support to students and their families as they negotiated the unique pressures of the pandemic.