Wellness Resources & Supports

Limestone Learning Foundation

Ensuring the mental health and well-being of students and staff remains a priority for Limestone. We recognize that the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 bring additional challenges and stress to the upcoming return to school. While many students and families are eager to return to a “more normal” school experience, some will be worried about starting back, and what this new school year will look like for them. Whether your student is engaging in-person or remote learning, we are committed to meet every learner where they are and create a positive strength-based return to school.

In preparation for the return to school, you may choose to begin to gradually re-introduce familiar routines to move back to a schedule that is closer to the one your student experiences during the school year. This may mean going to bed earlier, getting up earlier, eating at more regular times, or gathering school supplies as you normally would. Remember that it is normal for students to feel nervous about the return to school. You can support them by allowing space for students to express their concerns, while avoiding too much focus on physical safety and/or risk. If your student is already connected to the school support team, you may reach out to discuss transition supports. If not, you are invited to connect with the school administrator to learn about school-based mental health services that are available.

Click here for resources on how to support a mentally healthy back to school.
Click here to review resources on when to be concerned.

The board will continue to use a tiered approach for mental health supports by providing classroom and whole school-level supports to all students, and target intensive help to those who have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including referrals to community mental health providers. School-based mental health staff will be available to support students, both in-person and virtually.

As part of its ongoing work with school boards, School Mental Health Ontario has released a number of resources targeted to studentsfamilies and caregivers, and educators to support the return to school.

Helpful Tip Sheets/Resources

Telephone/Text Support Lines

  • Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via text or online chat. Call 1-800-668-6868.

  •  Hope for Wellness Help Line provides immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all indigenous peoples in English, French, Cree, Ojibway or Inuktitut upon request. Call 1-855-242-3310.

  •  The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) offers a 24-hour Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line with culturally specific mental health and addiction supports for adults, youth, and families in Ontario in both English and French. Call 1-877-767-7572.

  • Black Youth Helpline - Service in French and other languages available upon request. Call 1-833-294-8650.

  •  LGBT YouthLine - Confidential and non-judgemental peer support through telephone, text and chat services Call 1-800-268-9688 or text 647-694-4275.

  •  Trans Lifeline – Direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community. Call 1-877-330-6366.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.