As a new school year is underway, Peel District School Board (PDSB) is offering mental health support for students this fall including group counselling.
Here are some of the resources available. Registration is open online for interested students.
LET’S TALK…BE WELL
Sessions for PDSB high school students include discussions about their mental health and well-being. Each session has a different topic including back-to-school stress, self-care, sleep and well-being, self-esteem and more.
The programming is being held virtually on Mondays from Oct. 17 to Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.
A six-session counselling group program for PDSB students in Grades 6 to 8 and Grades 9 to 12 who self-identify as Black, African, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Canadian.
Sessions are facilitated by two PDSB Black mental health clinicians. The aim of the program is to offer “culturally specific, proactive therapeutic support” empowering Black students to foster a sense of positive identity and well-being.
It is being held virtually on Wednesdays from Oct. 19 to Nov. 23 at 4 p.m.
CALMM (Coping, Accepting, Letting Go, Moving on Mindfully)
An eight-session counselling group for PDSB students in Grades 9 to 12 hosted and facilitated by PDSB mental health resource clinicians. Topics include understanding emotions, learning acceptance and distress tolerance and practising mindfulness.
It is being held virtually on Thursdays from Oct. 13 to Dec. 1 from 4 to 5 p.m.
An eight-session counselling group for PDSB students in Grades 6 to 8 between the ages of 11 and 14 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, two-spirit, trans, non-binary, queer and/or questioning their sexual orientation or gender.
The group’s goals are to look at improving well-being, understanding stress, decreasing unhelpful thoughts and fostering hope.
It is being held virtually on Thursdays from Oct. 20 to Dec. 8 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.