Strengthening Organizational Conditions Communicating and Collaborating with Partners Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing Identifying children at risk and Intervening Early Building Capacity Implementing Evidence Based Programing and Support DSB Ontario North East Mental Health Strategy 2013-2016 DSB Ontario North East Mental Health Strategy 2013-2016 Mission: • Together we create safe, inclusive, caring and supportive environments that enhance as well as promote mental health and well-being. Vision: • DSB Ontario North East believes that mental health is key to student success and well-being. STRATEGY OBJECTIVES • Increase awareness that student engagement and achievement is contingent upon student mental health and well-being. • Deliver school-based mental health and wellbeing programs. • Integrate service delivery within a caring, safe, inclusive and supportive environment. • Involve all stakeholders from teachers to students, parents, senior administration and support staff, as well as community partners. BACKGROUND Our strategy was developed to improve the mental health and well-being of students within the board and includes three core elements: 1 2 3 • Organizational Conditions • Capacity Building • School Mental Health Programming and Support Core Elements of Strategy – Organizational Conditions Embed strategy in BIPSA Clarifying Mental Health Team roles and structures Performance Indicators for Mental Health Team Alignment with Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Mental Health and Addictions survey Mental Health Strategy Mental Health Vision Suicide protocols, guidelines and templates Communication Strategy Organizational Conditions Community Partnerships Core Elements of Strategy – Capacity Building Mental Health Awareness Basic mental health information, tailored for different school board audiences ALL Mental Health Literacy Mental Health Expertise Deeper working knowledge Skills and knowledge for for those who have a direct SMH professionals to role in supporting student effectively provide mental health (creating evidence-based promotion, mentally healthy schools & prevention, and classrooms, recognizing intervention early signs of difficulty) SOME FEW Capacity Building is not an event! It is an iterative deepening of knowledge that is embedded in school board life. It takes time. Core Elements of Strategy – School Mental Health Programming and Support This element incorporates a tiered framework of intervention Tier 1 We can promote mental health and well-being for all students Tier 2 We can help identify some students as at risk for developing problems, and provide targeted skillbuilding and referral to mental health supports Tier 3 With help from other board and community professionals, we can help identify and support the few students who require intensive mental health intervention beyond what schools can provide Core Elements of Strategy – School Mental Health Programming and Support For All: Universal Mental Health Promotion • Support positive mental health for all students in our day-to-day work • Be caring adults in our students’ lives • Use research-based school & classroom strategies that promote positive mental health (ex. Restorative Practices) • Focus on problems such as bullying, playground conflict, stress, nutrition, etc. • Integrate social emotional learning (SEL) strategies to teach core competencies Visit the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) http://casel.org/ Core Elements of Strategy – School Mental Health Programming and Support For Some: Additional Classroom Support Learn to identify “at-risk” students and provide them with targeted classroom strategies for problems such as: – – – – – anxiety temper tantrums aggression sadness, pessimism or negativity defiance or other conduct issues Consult with your School Mental Health Team and/or see Supporting Minds for ideas! Core Elements of Strategy – School Mental Health Programming and Support For Few: Intensive Services • Schools are ideally suited to identify students requiring intensive mental health services • Once identified, the Mental Health Team can provide monitoring and liaison services that triangulate students with the school and community service agencies. Clinical intervention for students with mental illness will occur largely in partnership with community and health settings. Our Mental Health Team will provide the liaison service that triangulates the student with Tier 3 the school and our partners School Mental Health Programming and Support – Think in Tiers Few Tier 2 - Some (Targeted prevention) Tier 1 - All (caring classrooms, mental health promotion, social-emotional learning instruction, stigma reduction) Our focus is to create mentally healthy environments for students and to build skills amongst students who are vulnerable through prevention programming delivered collaboratively by teachers and our Mental Health Team System of Care Community Intervention Clinical Intervention Prevention Prevention Mental Health Promotion Promotion School Districts DSB ONTARIO NORTH EAST Mental Health and Addictions Steering Committee Members Jo-Anne Plaunt Superintendent of Education Denise Plante-Dupuis Mental Health Leader Joanne Marsh-Peters District Special Education Resource Teacher / Parent Sabrina Swann District Social Worker and ABA Coordinator Paul Langis Secondary School Principal Lynn McNaughton Vice-Principal Student Success and Curriculum – Elementary School Susi Johanson Secondary School Principal / Parent Keri Shepherdson Elementary School Principal / Equity and Inclusivity / Parent Jamie Davey Aboriginal Youth Liaison Officer Sue Holmes Human Resources / Parent Lana Kershaw Child and Youth Worker Dennis Draves Trustee THANK YOU! • We hope that you found this a useful introduction to our Mental Health Strategy. A full version can be found on our website under the Mental Health and Well-being tab. • Should you have questions, your Mental Health Leader is available to provide ongoing support and leadership to your school team.