Students sometimes face immense social and educational pressures both at home and school. These pressures can result in mental health or addiction issues that may be difficult to manage on your own. Or, these stresses can be more difficult to manage because of a pre-existing mental health issue.
We are working together with local school boards and community partners to support our individuals with mental health and addictions to help them stay at school, and succeed.
If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction or other mental health issues, we can help support you to get the care you need.
Supporting kids and teens at school
The services offered by these nurses complement the programs already provided through schools and community-based mental health and addiction organizations.
View the program brochure »
View the Mental Health and Addictions Nurses fact sheet »
Mental Health and Addictions Nurses Referral Form »
How can Mental Health and Addictions Nurses help?
We focus on students with mental health or addiction issues, helping you thrive at school, remain in school, or successfully transition back to school after being in the hospital.
We work together with school boards, teachers, and community-based organizations to support you and your family to promote mental health well being.
Our support might include:
- Meeting with you one-on-one in your home or at school
- Providing information related to your mental health concerns
- Providing short-term therapy
- Connecting with your family doctor and your school
- Helping you understand your medications
- Assisting you in transitioning back to school from a hospital or other health institution
- Connecting you to mental health and addictions services in your community
- Assisting you to cope with mental health and addiction issues
- Giving you the tools to stay in school
Who is eligible for these services?
Mental Health and Addictions Nursing is available to children and youth in schools who may have mild to complex mental health and/or substance abuse issues. As well, this program supports students who are transitioning back to school from the hospital or other care settings.
Anyone can make a referral to us on your behalf: a family doctor, friend, family member, a teacher or a school’s mental health lead, even you, yourself. If you think that you or someone you care about may benefit from our services, we encourage you to get in touch with us.
You may wish to contact your child or youth's school, or us if you feel these services will be helpful.
To find out more about mental health and addictions nursing, contact us »
To connect with local mental health and addictions programs, services and resources, you can also visit MentalHealthAtSchool.ca.
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