Today is the day! Thursday, January 28th marks Bell Let’s Talk Day, and St. Clair Catholic is joining in to help create positive change for mental health.
We know the transition to online learning has been challenging. It is not unusual to feel worried, tired or sad right now because these are difficult times. We would like to take a minute to share with you an action we can all take to help create positive change. Take care of your own mental health: listen to your mind and body; ask for help and take some time if you are struggling or feeling overwhelmed. You might take a walk, reach out to a friend, or talk to a teacher. Remember it’s okay to not be okay.
Mental health is a good thing! We all want to have good mental health for ourselves, our family, and our friends. We can take care of our mental health, just like we take care of our physical health. If you find yourself needing someone to talk to, you can reach out to our Mental Health Lead, Christine Preece, for mental health and wellbeing supports (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text our confidential textline at 226-402-1593. You can also visit our SCCDSB’s Mental Health & Well-Being page for in-house support: https://www.st-clair.net/mental-health-home.aspx. Additionally, School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) has a variety of mental health resources available for staff, parents/families, and students: https://smho-smso.ca/.
Join the conversation today on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, TikTok and Pinterest. Today, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every post that uses the hashtag #BellLetsTalk and all posts using their Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. We also encourage you to use the #SCCDSB hashtag in all of your posts, and share with us all the positive activities you are doing to support your mental health today.
Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information on SMHO’s Student Mental Health Action Kit, which includes several resources and learning opportunities that have been prepared to bolster student mental health and support the wellbeing of educators and families.