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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.
 

Effective collaboration at the school, district and community level is critical to delivering school-base mental health programs and services.  Some essential elements of collaboration include:  defining roles and responsibilities; developing and nurturing relationships; fostering understanding of each other’s priorities, language and services; and co-creating processes and protocols to strengthen pathways to care.
 
CODE Advisory, January 31, 2012
 
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: 
  • prevention and promotion programs
  • coordination of services
  • direct services and system improvements
 
Examples of DDSB partners working collaboratively
together include:
  • 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)
  • Grove School
  • 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.