Student Mental Health

Limestone Learning Foundation
Good mental health is something we all want for ourselves, our friends, our family and others in our community. Take the time to care for your own mental health. It’s a resource we all have, but just like physical health, it’s not to be taken for granted. Some of the things we do for our physical health like getting enough sleep, eating well, and minimizing screen time, are also good for our mental health.

How do you ask for help?

Asking for help seems like a big step, but it isn’t as hard as it seems. Once you have decided to ask, and have an idea of who you will approach, it is a matter of finding a few words to start off with. The rest usually falls into place because you are then sharing the burden with a caring adult.

Here are some conversation starters:
  • "I haven't been feeling well lately, and I think I need some help."

  • "Things haven't been going well for me. I need some help to turn things around."

  • "I can't seem to get past the feelings I'm having. I wanted to reach out before things get worse."

  • “I don’t know if you can help me, but I’m hoping you can help me to find someone who can. I’m worried that I have a problem with my mental health.”

  • “I’m not good at asking for help, and I wish I didn’t have to, but I don’t think I can handle this alone. Can you help me?”

#HearNowON – Ontario students told us what they think about mental health promotion at school

One of the things you can do as a student is to share your ideas and input about school mental health at a provincial level. In spring 2019, School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) worked with a group called Wisdom2Action to gather student ideas about mental health in an initiative called #HearNowON. High school students across Ontario joined with us in regional forums, and participated in an online survey, to help to shape the next steps in school mental health in Ontario. 

Here’s what we learned

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Additional Resources

Click to access School Mental Health Ontario

Works together with Ontario school districts to support student mental health. 

Click to access Mental Health Resource Hub
An online hub of COVID-19 youth-focused mental health resources from, Kids Help Phone and School Mental Health Ontario.

Click to access Kids Help Phone
Access to 24/7 counselling by phone or text, and find information on different mental health topics.

The Hope for Wellness Help Line
Mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.

Click to access Be There
Find guidance on how to be there for a friend who may be struggling with their mental health.

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