Back to school mental health tips
As students and parents prepare for back-to school-season, CMHA Simcoe County is reminding people to keep mental health in mind during the transition.
While a new school year can be exciting, it can also cause stress and anxiety. CMHA suggests maintaining positive mental health during this seasonal shift with the following strategies:
- Take care of your body. Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. Make sure to get enough sleep, drink water, and eat well.
- Build resiliency. Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult situations. Problems and stress are a normal part of life. Set aside time to think about the resiliency tools available to you, such as structured problem-solving skills or people who can help you during difficult situations.
- Reach out for support. Social support is an important part of mental health. People in our networks can offer emotional support, practical help, and alternate points of view. Contact CMHA Simcoe County for mental health support in your community.
The youth services at CMHA support those between the ages of 12 to 24. Services range from crisis intervention to counseling and case management depending on individual needs. The common goal across all our youth services is to help youth explore the impact of mental health on their daily lives, improve their coping skills, and to encourage wellness. Look at our youth services here.
Education provided by CMHA raises community awareness about important issues such as trauma, suicide awareness and intervention, and the importance of mental health. Workshops on these topics are presented to families, teachers, healthcare providers, and the community at large in an effort to create a better understanding of mental health and to reduce stigma.
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On-Duty – this is a “Walk-In service“, both in-person and by phone, for individuals in help of finding community resources or submitting referrals to access CMHA services and programs. It is also for individuals who require emotional support and guidance at the moment of the call. Knowledge and education are provided on how to access internal programs in CMHA and various other duties performed at request.
For post-secondary students, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) has compiled an orientation package of campus mental health resources available across the province. Visit the CICMH website to view the full list. Additional mental health tips specifically for children can be found on the Children’s Mental Health Ontario website.