Mental Health and Well-Being
Mental health and well-being are important for student success, and, therefore, a priority in Rainbow Schools.
Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones. It also means learning health social skills and how to cope when there are problems. At any given time, some children and youth will struggle with their emotions, thoughts, or behaviours. Knowing the signs and getting help early can make all the difference.
Rainbow Schools are ideal settings to support educator mental health literacy, guide student-led mental health awareness and stigma-reduction initiatives, and provide classroom consultations.
Rainbow District School Board’s team of mental health professionals offers early identification and assessment, prevention, and intervention services. They are also qualified to provide more in-depth therapeutic interventions, for individuals and groups, to support students when they are at their most vulnerable. For significant mental health needs, the mental health team and staff in schools work with families and community partners to ensure students receive extra support and care.
We all have a role to play in nurturing mental health and well-being, and it starts in the home. Parents, guardians, caregivers and family members can support their own children to help them grow into mentally healthy and resilient adults.