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Mental Health Supports for Students @ Hodan Nalayeh Secondary School 317
Mental Health Supports for Students @ Hodan Nalayeh Secondary School

Just like we know that taking care of our physical health is important to keep our bodies strong and healthy, it is also just as important to take care of our mental health.  Mental Health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being, which means it affects how we think, feel, and act.  It also helps determine how we handle stress in our lives, relate to others, and what choices we make.  When we experience good mental health, it does not mean we are always in a good mood, nor does it prevent the stresses of life from coming our way.  However, it does help us cope with them so we can continue to engage productively in our everyday lives. Please check out some Mental Health Resources in the Links below.


​Phone/Text Services:​


Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) – (phone/chat/text available at https://kidshelpphone.ca/) Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national support service. They offer professional counselling , information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. Whether by phone, text, mobile app, or through their website, everyone can connect with them whenever and however they prefer. The service is completely confidential.

310 COPE (1-855-310-2673) – A Community Crisis Response Service for persons living in York Region or South Simcoe who are having a mental health crisis, and their family or friends.


The 2SLGBTQ+ Youthline – Has specific operating hours (Sunday-Friday 4-9:30pm), and is a great peer support resource. Phone/online chat/text available: https://www.youthline.ca/


Trans Lifeline – Offers peer phone support (by trans folks for trans folks!): https://translifeline.org/

Black Youth Help Line (416-285-9944) – Services are open from 9 am – 10:00 pm 7 days a week


Harriet’s Youth Support Line – One to One counselling for African, Caribbean and Black youth, Culturally Responsive Supports for youth due to COVID-19. Services are open 24 hour emergency / crisis response line By Phone or Text: 1-877-695-2673


Is a Mental Health Hotline that supports calls from around the world for Muslims and non-Muslims. Services are open from 12 – 9 pm, 7 days a week. By Phone or Text: 1 (866) 627-3342

Mobile Youth Walk-In Clinic – Now working fully online. Young people aged 12 to 25 are supported via Zoom, where they will be directed to a completely private “breakout room” to be seen by a counsellor, peer support worker, or Nurse Practitioner. Anyone wanting to “drop in” to the clinic can do so using the zoom link on the website.  - https://cmha-yr.on.ca/programs/youth/mobyss/ 


Black Mental Health Canada – This resource facilitates access to affordable, culturally safe and affirming mental health services to the black community through education, advocacy, and provision of resources. Their mission is to bring awareness that Mental Health issues are a real and significant problem within the black community and respond by promoting culturally empowering and equitable services. - https://blackmentalhealth.ca/


Mental Health Services for Children and Youth – This resource helps children and youth navigate mental health services and how to find mental health support for youth under the age of 18.  - https://www.ontario.ca/page/mental-health-services-children-and-youth

Informative Resources:


Mindyourmind – Is a resource where mental health, wellness, engagement, and technology meet. They work with community partners and young people aged 14 to 29 to share interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.  - https://mindyourmind.ca/

School Mental Health Ontario – This resource provides practical resources to support student mental health during Covid-19. - https://smho-smso.ca/


Tips for Parents and Studentshttp://www.yrdsb.ca/Programs/mental-health/Pages/Resources.aspx


Mindfulness Strategies This resource provides quick but effective strategies to practice mindfulness to help teens feel calmer and less stressed.- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JIKahRwcN6gjed6DzQ9y0O1K9NZ07ifu/view

Teen Mental Health – This resource is designed to help you better understand the changes and challenges associated with being a teenager, find common ground with your parents, and help you navigate the years to come. - https://teenmentalhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/teening-your-parent-LATEST-min-2.pdf​


Children’s Mental Health Ontario – This resource is designed to help us understand how the pandemic has impacted children’s mental health.  - https://cmho.org/covid19/


Quick tips from Kids Help Phone – Having a bad day? Here are some strategies to boost your mood.  https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-info/8-feel-good-tips-boost-your-mood/


Additional YRDSB community and mental health resources – Can be accessed at COVID-19 Community Supports and COVID-19 Mental Health Resources for Students and Families.​


The York Centre for children, youth and families.  Mental Health Navigator - An initiative to support youth and their families to access mental health services within York Region.  Their mission is to work collaboratively with community partners to reduce barriers for youth and their families in accessing appropriate mental health and community services.  Mental Health Navigator York Hills​


​Secondary Students and Parents/Guardian Resources  This resource​ contains information including, but not limited to COVID 19 Supports, Food Banks, Shelters and Emergency Housing, Special Education, Walk-in Clinics and Walk-in Counselling Services, YRDSB Mental Health information, and Crisis Support numbers.




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