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Mental Health

Current Status of School-Based Support Services:

  • School-Based Support Services are connecting with students during regular office hours.


  • School-Based Support Services will not be providing face-to-face contact with staff or students.


  • The Huron-Perth Centre, Choices for Change, LHIN Mental Health Addiction Nurses (MHANs) and AMDSB Mental Health and Wellness Coach/Counsellors will be connecting with students who are currently on their caseload.


  • The LHIN VIP number 1-877-900-5667 to call in is being provided to all current patients and they are to call in if they wish to talk to one of the MHANs.  Some of our MHANs have been moved to the front line Covid response but other South West area MHANs will be covering.  The children having greater need will be checked in via phone on a regular basis. The MHAN will also be sharing resources with the students/families that are available in each area and online.  Some of the children that were seen due to behaviour at school may not require services at this time but will be determined by the MHANs while speaking with families. 


  • The Huron-Perth Public Health school-based nurses are fully engaged in pandemic response and will not be contacting students on their caseloads.


Emergency Mental Health Contacts: 

If you are experiencing a crisis and require immediate support, please visit your local Hospital Emergency Department or call 911. The following resources are available for all AMDSB students and families:

  • Kids Help Phone: 24/7 national support service offering crisis counseling support via phone, text, or online chat. You can access their services by calling 1-800-668-6868, by texting CONNECT to 686868, or by visiting for web chat access
  • Huron Perth Crisis Response Team: 24/7 local support service offering crisis counseling support. You can access their services by calling 1-888-829-7484
211 Ontario:  24/7 helpline and online database of Ontario's community and social services.  You can access their services by calling 211, or by visiting 

Kids Help Phone

Self Care 101


Mental Health Tips

Identifying Needs

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national mental health service for children and youth. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led support. Whether by phone, text, mobile app or through their website, you can connect with Kids Help Phone whenever you want, however you want! #iamwell #AMDSB

Kids Help Phone: Home


Practicing self care helps charge your batteries so you have the energy to do what you need to, especially in stressful times. Eating well, getting exercise, and connecting with friends through video chatting are all ways you can practice self care. Check out this guide for some self care tips ! #iamwell #AMDSB



COVID-19 has many of us feeling anxious and overwhelmed, especially kids! Try using these tips from Children’s Mental Health Ontario when having discussions with  your child. 

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Talking to and anxious child about Covid-19


New situations require new strategies. These five tips from the Canadian Mental Health Association will help you to manage your mental health during this time of social distancing. 

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CMHA offers tips to support mental health amid concerns of COVID-19 pandemic


Are you concerned about your child’s mental health? This helpful guide from the Ontario government outlines common signs and symptoms of mental health concerns in children and also provides information on how parents can seek support for their child. 

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Children and youth mental health: signs and symptoms