What? Working Collaboratively with Community Partners will assist schools in supporting the needs of students and staff with mental health and addictions. The Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE) Advisory outlines the impact of community partnerships with schools.
How? In Durham, there have been a number of partnerships which have enhanced supports for students and staff. These partners assist in a variety of ways:
Examples of DDSB partners working collaboratively
The Employee Assistance Program
Student Support Leadership Initiative (SSLI)
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health Literacy
Talk About Mental Illness (TAMI)
Stop Now and Plan (SNAP)
Strategic Planning Alliance for Children and Youth—Durham Region (SPA)
The Ministries of Children and Youth Services, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and Education have implemented the role of mental health workers and nurses in schools. The goal is to create an integrated and more responsive system. Refer to Appendix A for partners in Durham.
Why? The DDSB recognizes that not all staff members are mental health professionals, but all staff can support the mental health of students and each other through collaborative relationships with community partners.