Mental Health and Well-Being

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Mental Health and Well-Being is part of the Safe Schools and Well-Being portfolio at TVDSB. 


Summer Support Line

Our TVDSB Cares Team are here to help TVDSB students when they need mental health and wellness support during the summer. Mental health professionals are available to provide well-being check ins, consult or assist with accessing resources.

Call 548-486-5188 Monday to Friday (9am - 4pm) or email us tvdsbcares@tvdsb.ca. This service is not available on weekends or holidays.

If you are in an immediate crisis, locate your local crisis supports below.

COVID-19 Specific Resources

School Mental Health Ontario Resources

On the School Mental Health Ontario website, you will find tips and resources to help support students, families and educators during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub

Local Crisis Supports during COVID-19 Pandemic

If you are experiencing a crisis and require immediate support, please visit your local Hospital Emergency Department or call 911.

Available for all TVDSB students and families:

  • Kids Help Phone: 24/7 national support service offering crisis counselling support, 1-800-668-6868, text 686868, www.kidshelpphone.ca for web chat access
  • Reach Out:  Mental health and addictions crisis support in London, Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin Counties –  (519)433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023, www.reachout247.ca for web chat access
London/Middlesex
  • Crisis Intake Team (C-IT): 24/7 telephone crisis support and scheduled appointments available. for children and youth of all ages and their families,  519- 433-0334. 
  • Canadian Mental Health Association London/Middlesex:  Accessible for people 16 years of age and older.   The Crisis Centre at 648 Huron Street in London  is open 24/7.
  •  Children’s Aid Society: London & Middlesex (519) 455-9000; after hours (519)-858-5998
Elgin and Oxford 
  • Wellkin Child and Youth Mental Wellness: provides children and youth living in Oxford and Elgin counties with 24/7 support by phone (519)-539-0463 or 1-877-539-0463, or book a telephone appointment, available from  Monday to Thursday from 8:30-4:30 pm and Friday from 8:30-4pm.
  • Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin: (519) 631-1492 or 1-800-260-6960 /
  • Children’s Aid Society of Oxford County: (519) 539-6176 or 1-800-250-7010
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Elgin and Oxford: Please call Reach Out for crisis service. (519)433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023, www.reachout247.ca for web chat access. 

     

    CMHA Elgin, Walk-In Counselling - no appointment needed:

    Main office (110 Centre Street, St. Thomas), Monday – Friday, 8:30-4:30, excluding holidays

    STEGH Room G700 (189 Elm Street, St. Thomas), 7 days per week, 8:00 – 11:00, including holidays

     

    CMHA Oxford, Walk-In Counselling:

    Oxford County Walk-In Counselling is available by telephone sessions only.  Pre-book sessions by calling 1-800-859-7248 x 210 and leaving a voicemail with your name and phone number.  Your call will be returned with the next available time slot.

    Pre-booked sessions are available for:

    Tillsonburg and area, Mondays 12 PM – 7 PM for

    Ingersoll and area, Tuesday 3 PM – 7 PM

    Woodstock and area, Saturdays 11 AM – 3 PM for

 Community Services Resources

Connecting our TVDSB Families to their Community Resources

London

City of London – Supports for Most Vulnerable 
http://www.london.ca/newsroom/Pages/Enhanced-supports-for-most-vulnerable.aspx
Facebook: City of London, Ontario – Municipal Government @LondonCanada

Middlesex-London Health Unit - Coronavirus
https://www.healthunit.com/novel-coronavirus

United Way Elgin Middlesex 
http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/get-help/

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration
www.mrcssi.com or 519-672-6000 ext. 309 for intake

United Sikh's - Providing basic food services and over the counter medications and supplies to international students and families facing food insecurity and need. Emotional support also provided.  Please reach out to London Coordinators:
  • Gurmeet Kaur - 519-702-1292
  • Prabhsimran Singh - 519-551-7472
Strathroy

Strathroy-Caradoc
https://www.strathroy-caradoc.ca/en/city-hall/covid-19-updates.aspx# 
Facebook: Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc @strathroycaradoc

Middlesex-London Health Unit - Coronavirus 
https://www.healthunit.com/novel-coronavirus

United Way Elgin Middlesex 
http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/get-help/

Strathroy-Salvation Army (Food Bank) 
Phone: 519-245-5398

All Saints Catholic Church (Food Bank) 
Phone: 519-245-0644

Mt Brydges-St. Jude’s Anglican Church (Food Bank) 
Phone: 519-245-9368

The Clothesline ministry is not open yet to the community due to government restrictions. Lunch to Go: Each Monday, the Bethel Baptist church is providing a bag lunch for those in our community who need a lunch. This is available by going to the back of the church between 11am-12pm.  Phone: 519-245-2320

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

North Middlesex/Parkhill

North Middlesex – COVID-19 Information
https://www.northmiddlesex.on.ca/en/live/covid-19-information.aspx

Middlesex-London Health Unit - Coronavirus 
https://www.healthunit.com/novel-coronavirus

United Way Elgin Middlesex
http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/get-help/

Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank 
Phone: 519-293-3637

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

Glencoe and Middlesex Centre

Southwest Middlesex – Main Website 
https://southwestmiddlesex.ca/Public/News

Middlesex-London Health Unit - Coronavirus 
https://www.healthunit.com/novel-coronavirus

United Way Elgin Middlesex 
http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/get-help/

Glencoe-St. Vincent de Paul - Wardsville, Newbury and Area Food Bank 
Phone: 519-287-3500

Mt Brydges-St. Jude’s Anglican church 
Phone: 519-245-9368

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

 Oneida Nation

Facebook: Oneida Nation of the Thames Administration @OneidaNationoftheThamesAdministration 
https://www.facebook.com/OneidaNationoftheThamesAdministration/

Middlesex-London Health Unit - Coronavirus
https://www.healthunit.com/novel-coronavirus

United Way Elgin Middlesex 
http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/get-help/

Radio: The Eagle 89.5 

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

Chippewa Nation

Facebook: Chippewa Nation @OfficialCottfn 
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCottfn/

Middlesex-London Health Unit - Coronavirus 
https://www.healthunit.com/novel-coronavirus

United Way Elgin Middlesex 
http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/get-help/

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

Munsee-Delaware Nation

Facebook: Munsee-Delaware Nation 
https://www.facebook.com/Munsee-Delaware-Nation-741672379219743/

Middlesex-London Health Unit - Coronavirus 
https://www.healthunit.com/novel-coronavirus

United Way Elgin Middlesex 
http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/get-help/

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

 St. Thomas and Central Elgin

Municipality of Central Elgin – COVID-19
https://www.centralelgin.org/en/municipal-office/covid-19.aspx

YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin – Community Resources 
https://www.ywcaste.ca/community-resources/

Thehealthline.ca A website for Ontario patients, doctors, and health care providers to get accurate and up-to-date information about health services in their communities. 
https://www.southwesthealthline.ca/index.aspx

The Grace Café - A Street Mission 
http://www.thegracecafe.ca/

St. Thomas Elgin Food Bank 
http://stthomaselginfoodbank.org/ 
Phone: 519-633-5308 / stthomaselginfoodbank@gmail.com

Southwestern Public Health – Community Update: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.swpublichealth.ca/content/community-update-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

United Way Elgin Middlesex 
http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/get-help/

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

School Nutrition Programs - Emergency Food Support for Families (Elgin-St. Thomas)

Charlotte McDonald - eat2learn@gmail.com  519-207-1040
West Lorne

Municipality of West Elgin – COVID-19
http://www.westelgin.net/covid-19
Phone: 519-785-0560

Southwestern Public Health – Community Update: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.swpublichealth.ca/content/community-update-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

United Way Elgin Middlesex
http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/get-help/ 

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

School Nutrition Programs - Emergency Food Support for Families (Elgin-St. Thomas)

Charlotte McDonald - eat2learn@gmail.com  519-207-1040
Aylmer

Southwestern Public Health – Community Update: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.swpublichealth.ca/content/community-update-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

Thehealthline.ca A website for Ontario patients, doctors, and health care providers to get accurate and up-to-date information about health services in their communities. 
https://www.southwesthealthline.ca/index.aspx

United Way Elgin Middlesex 
http://unitedwayem.ca/covid-19/get-help/

Corner Cupboard Food Bank 
TUESDAYS 9am – 12pm & 3pm – 5pm 29 John St. N, Aylmer *accepting food donations during same hours 

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

School Nutrition Programs - Emergency Food Support for Families (Elgin-St. Thomas)

Charlotte McDonald - eat2learn@gmail.com  519-207-1040
Tillsonburg

Town of Tillsonburg – Novel Coronavirus 
https://www.tillsonburg.ca/en/town-hall/novel-conoravirus-covid-19-information.aspx

Oxford County – Emergency Food Services
www.oxfordcounty.ca/Services-for-You/Human-Services/Emergency-Food-Services

Thehealthline.ca A website for Ontario patients, doctors, and health care providers to get accurate and up-to-date information about health services in their communities. 
https://www.southwesthealthline.ca/index.aspx

Southwestern Public Health – Community Update: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.swpublichealth.ca/content/community-update-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

United Way Oxford 
info@unitedwayoxford.ca or 519-539-3851 (1-877-280-1391).

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

Thames Centre and Dorchester

Municipality of Thames Centre – Information of COVID-19
https://www.thamescentre.on.ca/articles/information-covid-19 
Facebook: Municipality of Thames Centre

Food Bank (by appointment - call Jean Davis) 
Phone: 519-268-7872

Southwestern Public Health – Community Update: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.swpublichealth.ca/content/community-update-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

Ingersoll 

Town of Ingersoll – Press Release 
https://www.ingersoll.ca/news-public-notices/ 
Facebook: Ingersoll BIA @ingersollbia

Oxford County – Emergency Food Services 
www.oxfordcounty.ca/Services-for-You/Human-Services/Emergency-Food-Services

Operation Sharing 
https://www.operationsharing.ca/

Southwestern Public Health – Community Update: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.swpublichealth.ca/content/community-update-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

United Way Oxford 
info@unitedwayoxford.ca or 519-539-3851 (1-877-280-1391).

Woodstock and County of Oxford

City of Woodstock – COVID-19 
https://www.cityofwoodstock.ca/en/live-and-play/covid-19.aspx

Oxford County – Emergency Food Services 
www.oxfordcounty.ca/Services-for-You/Human-Services/Emergency-Food-Services

Operation Sharing 
https://www.operationsharing.ca/

Southwestern Public Health – Community Update: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.swpublichealth.ca/content/community-update-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

211ontario.ca (Community and Social Services Help Line)

Bullwinkles
Take out will be available Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 11:45-1:30pm College Ave Church 22 Wilson St *Take out containers will be provided*

Refuge
Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00pm 425 Dundas Street Breakfast & Lunch provided

Salvation Army
The Food Bank remains open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by appointment. 190 Huron St (519) 539-6166

Operation Sharing
Food cards are given out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00-12:00pm 22 Wilson St (519) 539-3361

United Way Oxford 
info@unitedwayoxford.ca or 519-539-3851 (1-877-280-1391).


Mental Health and Well-Being Resources

We believe that supporting mental health and well-being is essential for development and learning and is an enabler for academic success.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or requires immediate support, please contact your local crisis support service or visit your local emergency department.

Where to Get Help

London
 Emergency

 If you are in crisis or require immediate support, please contact your local crisis support service listed below, or visit your local Hospital Emergency Department.

  • Victoria Hospital and Children’s Hospital: 800 Commissioner’s Road East London, ON (519) 685- 8500
  • University Hospital: 339 Windermere Road, London, ON (519) 685-8500
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital-Urgent Care: 268 Grosvernor Street, London, ON (Monday-Friday 8:00- 6:00; Saturday & Sunday 8:00-4:00) (519) 646-6100

Local Crisis Supports

  • CALL 911
  • Kids Help Phone: 24/7 national support service offering counselling, information, and referrals. Services offered to both English and French 1-800-668-6868 / https://kidshelpphone.ca/
  • Reach Out: provides bilingual information, support and crisis service for individuals living with mental health and addictions needs in London, Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin Counties – as well as their families, and caregivers. Crisis intervention including access to mobile crisis team (519) 433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023 / www.reachout247.ca
  • Crisis Intake Team (C-IT): Crisis Response and 24/7 telephone support with brief follow-up counselling in urgent situations. (519) 433-0334 / https://www.vanier.com/programsservices/community-services/crisis-intake-team/
  • Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre: located within emergency department for youth 17 and under at Victoria Hospital, 800 Commissioner’s Road East London, ON (519) 685-8500 • Children’s Aid Society: London & Middlesex (519) 455-9000; after hours (519)-858-5998 / www.caslondon.on.ca
 Non-Emergency
  • Addiction Services of Thames Valley offers support to those struggling with substance abuse, internet, gaming, or problem gambling, and their loved ones (age 12+). 200 Queens Avenue, London, ON (519) 673-4232 / http://adstv.on.ca/
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre provides 24/7 walk in support (age 16+) 648 Huron Street, London ON (519) 434-9191 / https://cmhamiddlesex.ca
  • Daya Counselling Centre offers short-term therapeutic counselling (age 16+) by appointment only. Subsidy program available by contacting by phone on the first Monday of the month. 333 Dufferin Avenue London, On  (519) 434-0077 Ext. 1234 / http://dayacounselling.on.ca/
  • Family Service Thames Valley help individuals, couples and families deal with transition, grief and loss, impact of trauma, emotional and psychological distress, and challenges in personal, couple and family relationships (age 5+).Due to the COVID pandemic Walk-In Clinic is not available.  Call 519-433-0183 to schedule a phone "Walk In" session. / https://www.familyservicethamesvalley.com/
  • First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP) helps older teens and young adults (age 16- 25) with emotional concerns that fall into the categories of mood and/or anxiety symptoms early, before symptoms begin to disrupt lives. 860 Richmond Street, London, ON (519) 646- 6000 ext 65178 https://www.lhsc.on.ca/femap-first-episode-mood-and-anxiety-program/who-we-are
  • Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit* youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (age 29 and under). 1-800-268-9688 or text 647- 694-4275; available from 4:00-9:30 pm from Sunday-Friday) / https://www.youthline.ca
  • London Community Youth Support Program provides a variety of services including counselling and mental health support for youth (age 13-18). (519) 433-0334 / https://ways.on.ca/programs/community-programs/
  • PFLAG Canada supports individuals struggling with sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, and provides support, and educational to parents, families, friends, and colleagues with questions or concerns regarding these issues. 50 King Street, London ON (519) 686-7691 / http://www.pflaglondon.ca/
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) is a community focused mental health program when there are possible concerns about an episode of psychosis. 800 Commissioners Road East Door A, Zone A, London, ON (519) 685-8500 ext. 71680. https://www.lhsc.on.ca/pepp-prevention-and-early-intervention-program-for-psychoses/pepp
  • WAYS Mental Health Support supports children, youth, and families who face challenges such as trauma, emotional or behavioural problems, mental health issues, conflict with the law and relationship difficulties. 714 York Street, London, ON (519) 432-2209 / https://ways.on.ca
  • Talk In Clinics Walk In counselling for children and youth, and their families. www.craigwood.ca/programs/community-based/talk-in/

London

    • Craigwood Youth Services (Mondays 2:00-6:00) 520 Hamilton Road, London, ON (ages 12-18)
    • Westmount Family Centre (Tuesdays 2:00-6:00) 1019 Viscount Road, London, ON (ages 0-18)
    • Vanier Children’s Centre (Wednesdays 2:00-6:00) 871 Trafalgar Street, London, ON (ages 0-14)
    • Argyle Family Centre (Wednesdays 2:00-6:00) 1990 Royal Cresent, London, ON (ages 12-18)
    • Carling Thames Family Centre (Thursdays 2:00-6:00) 335 Belfield Street, London, ON (ages 12-18)
    • Whiteoaks Family Centre (Thursdays 2:00-6:00) 565 Bradley Avenue, London, ON (all ages)
Elgin County
Emergency

If you are in crisis or require immediate support, please contact your local crisis support service listed below, or visit your local Hospital Emergency Department.

  • Four Counties Health Services: RR3, 1824 Concession Drive, Newbury, ON (519) 693-4441
  • St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital: 189 Elm Street, St. Thomas, ON (519) 631-2030
  • Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital: 167 Rolph Street, Tillsonburg, ON (519) 842-3611

Local Crisis Supports

  • CALL 911
  • Kids Help Phone: 24/7 national support service offering counselling, information, and referrals. Services offered to both English and French 1-800-668-6868 / https://kidshelpphone.ca/
  • Reach Out: provides bilingual information, support and crisis service for individuals living with mental health and addictions needs in London, Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin Counties – as well as their families, and caregivers. Crisis intervention including access to mobile crisis team (519) 433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023 / www.reachout247.ca
  • Wellkin Child and Youth Mental Wellness provides children and youth living in Oxford and Elgin counties with 24/7 support by phone (519)-539-0463 or 1-877-539-0463 / https://wellkin.ca
  • Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre: located within emergency department for youth 17 and under at Victoria Hospital, 800 Commissioner’s Road East London, ON (519) 685-8500
  • Family and Children’s Services of St. Thomas and Elgin (519) 641-1492 or 1-800-260-6960 / www.caselgin.on.ca
Non-Emergency
  • Addiction Services of Thames Valley offers support to those struggling with substance abuse, internet, gaming, or problem gambling, and their loved ones (age 12+).
    • Alymer: 424 Talbot Street West Room 144 Main Level, Alymer, ON (519) 673-4232 ext. 252 / http://adstv.on.ca/
    • St. Thomas: 10 Mondamin Suite 109, St. Thomas, ON (519) 673-4232 ext. 252 / http://adstv.on.ca/
    • West Lorne: 153 Main Street, West Lorne, ON (519) 673-4232 ext. 252 / http://adstv.on.ca/
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Elgin Main Office Walk-In Crisis Support (8:30- 4:30 Monday-Friday) 110 Centre Street, St. Thomas, ON (519) 633-1781 or 1-855-633-1781 / www.cmhaelgin.ca
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Elgin Branch Walk-In Support Office (8:00 am - 11:00 pm, 7 days/week) St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Room 183-189 Elm Street, St. Thomas, ON (519) 633-1781 or 1-855-633-1781 / www.cmhaelgin.ca
  • First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP) helps older teens and young adults (age 16- 25) with emotional concerns that fall into the categories of mood and/or anxiety symptoms early, before symptoms begin to disrupt lives. 860 Richmond Street, London, ON (519) 646- 6000 ext 65178 https://www.lhsc.on.ca/femap-first-episode-mood-and-anxiety-program/whowe-are
  • Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit* youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (age 29 and under) 1-800-268-9688 or text 647- 694-4275; available from 4:00-9:30 pm from Sunday-Friday) / https://www.youthline.ca
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) is a community focused mental health program when there are possible concerns about an episode of psychosis. 800 Commissioners Road East Door A, Zone A, London, ON (519) 685-8500 ext. 71680. https://www.lhsc.on.ca/pepp-prevention-and-early-intervention-program-for-psychoses/pepp
  • Wellkin Child and Youth Mental Wellness provides family mental health care with a focus on children and youth living in Oxford and Elgin counties; 24/7 support by phone (519) 539-0463 or 1-877-539-0463 / https://wellkin.ca
  • Talk In Clinics Walk In counselling for children and youth, and their families. https://wellkin.ca/programs_services/counselling-services/
    • St. Thomas Wellkin Child and Youth Mental Wellness

      Walk-in Sessions currently by telephone/video only

      Call to book a session Monday through Friday at 1-877-539-0463

Middlesex County
Emergency

If you are in crisis or require immediate support, please contact your local crisis support service listed below, or visit your local Hospital Emergency Department.

  • Four Counties Health Services: RR3, 1824 Concession Drive, Newbury, ON (519) 693-4441
  • Middlesex General Hospital: 395 Carrie Street, Strathroy, ON (519) 245-5295
  • St. Marys Memorial Hospital: 267 Queen Street West, St. Marys, ON (519) 284-1332

Local Crisis Supports

  • CALL 911
  • Kids Help Phone: 24/7 national support service offering counselling, information, and referrals. Services offered to both English and French 1-800-668-6868 / https://kidshelpphone.ca/
  • Reach Out: provides bilingual information, support and crisis service for individuals living with mental health and addictions needs in London, Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin Counties – as well as their families, and caregivers. Crisis intervention including access to mobile crisis team (519) 433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023 / www.reachout247.ca
  • Crisis Intake Team (C-IT): Crisis Response and 24/7 telephone support with brief follow-up counselling in urgent situations. (519) 433-0334 / https://www.vanier.com/programsservices/community-services/crisis-intake-team/
  • Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre: located within emergency department for youth 17 and under at Victoria Hospital, 800 Commissioner’s Road East London, ON (519) 685-8500
  • Children’s Aid Society: London & Middlesex (519) 455-9000; after hours (519) 858-5998 / www.caslondon.on.ca
Non-Emergency
  • Addiction Services of Thames Valley offers support to those struggling with substance abuse, internet, gaming, or problem gambling, and their loved ones (age 12+). At CMHA Middlesex; 21 Richmond Street, Strathroy, ON (519) 673-4232 ext. 222 / http://adstv.on.ca/
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Strathroy site Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre (8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday) 21 Richmond Street, Strathroy, ON (519) 245-0120 or 1-888- 216-6716 / www.cmhamiddlesex.ca/programs-services/rural-services-strathroy/
  • Daya Counselling Centre offers short-term therapeutic counselling (age 16+) by appointment only. Subsidy program available by contacting by phone on the first Monday of the month. 333 Dufferin Avenue London, On  (519) 434-0077 Ext. 1234 / http://dayacounselling.on.ca/
  • Family Service Thames Valley help individuals, couples and families deal with transition, grief and loss, impact of trauma, emotional and psychological distress, and challenges in personal, couple and family relationships (age 5+). Scheduled appointments require calling intake and fees are based on a sliding scale. Serving Middlesex County: (519) 433-0183 ext. 8218 / https://www.familyservicethamesvalley.com/
  • First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP) helps older teens and young adults (age 16- 25) with emotional concerns that fall into the categories of mood and/or anxiety symptoms early, before symptoms begin to disrupt lives. 860 Richmond Street, London, ON (519) 646- 6000 ext 65178 https://www.lhsc.on.ca/femap-first-episode-mood-and-anxiety-program/who-we-are
  • Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit* youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (age 29 and under) 1-800-268-9688 or text 647- 694-4275; available from 4:00-9:30 pm from Sunday-Friday) / https://www.youthline.ca
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP) is a community focused mental health program when there are possible concerns about an episode of psychosis. 800 Commissioners Road East Door A, Zone A, London, ON (519) 685-8500 ext. 71680. https://www.lhsc.on.ca/pepp-prevention-and-early-intervention-program-for-psychoses/pepp
  • WAYS Mental Health Support supports children, youth, and families who face challenges such as trauma, emotional or behavioural problems, mental health issues, conflict with the law and relationship difficulties. 714 York Street, London, ON (519) 432-2209 / https://ways.on.ca
  • Talk In Clinics Walk In counselling for children and youth, and their families. www.craigwood.ca/programs/community-based/talk-in/
    • Dorchester - Dorchester Community Church (Every other Monday starting January 14, 2019, 2:00-6:00) 3912 Catherine Street, Dorchester, ON (ages 0-18)
    • Lucan - Lucan Public Library (Every other Tuesday starting January 15, 2019, 2:00-6:00) 270 Main Street, Lucan, ON (ages 0-18)
    • Parkhill - Parkhill Public Library (Every other Tuesday starting January 8, 2019, 2:00-6:00) 229B Main Street, Parkhill, ON (ages 0-18)
    • Glencoe - Glencoe Public Library (Every other Wednesday starting January 9, 2019, 2:00-6:00) 123 McKellar Street, Glencoe, ON (ages 0-18)
    • Strathroy - Next Wave Youth Centre (Thursdays, 1:00-7:00) 32 Front Street, Strathroy, ON (all ages)
Oxford County
Emergency

If you are in crisis or require immediate support, please contact your local crisis support service listed below, or visit your local Hospital Emergency Department.

  • Alexandra Hospital Ingersoll: 29 Noxon Street, Ingersoll, ON (519) 485-1700
  • St. Marys Memorial Hospital: 267 Queen Street West, St. Marys, ON (519) 284-1332
  • Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital: 167 Rolph Street, Tillsonburg, ON (519) 842-3611
  • Woodstock General Hospital: 310 Juliana Drive, Woodstock, ON (519) 421-4211 

Local Crisis Supports

  • CALL 911
  • Kids Help Phone: 24/7 national support service offering counselling, information, and referrals. Services offered to both English and French 1-800-668-6868 / https://kidshelpphone.ca/
  • Reach Out: provides bilingual information, support and crisis service for individuals living with mental health and addictions needs in London, Middlesex, Oxford, and Elgin Counties – as well as their families, and caregivers. Crisis intervention including access to mobile crisis team (519) 433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023 / www.reachout247.ca
  • Wellkin Child and Youth Mental Wellness provides children and youth living in Oxford and Elgin counties with 24/7 support by phone (519)-539-0463 or 1-877-539-0463 / https://wellkin.ca
  • Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre: located within emergency department for youth 17 and under at Victoria Hospital, 800 Commissioner’s Road East London, ON (519) 685-8500
  • Children’s Aid Society of Oxford County (519) 539-6176 or  1-800-250-7010 / https://www.casoxford.on.ca/
Non-Emergency
  • Addiction Services of Thames Valley offers support to those struggling with substance abuse, internet, gaming, or problem gambling, and their loved ones (age 12+).
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Mobile Crisis Support 1-866-933- 2023 / www.cmhaoxford.on.ca

    CMHA Oxford County Walk-In Counselling will be available as pre-booked telephone sessions. Call 1-800-859-7248 x 210, leave a voicemail with your name and phone number.  Your call will be returned with the next available time slot.

    CMHA Oxford County Walk-In Counselling by telephone is available in:

    Tillsonburg and area - Mondays 12 – 7

    Ingersoll and area - Tuesday 3 – 7

    Woodstock and area - Saturdays 11– 3

  • First Episode Mood and Anxiety Program (FEMAP) helps older teens and young adults (age 16- 25) with emotional concerns that fall into the categories of mood and/or anxiety symptoms early, before symptoms begin to disrupt lives. 860 Richmond Street, London, ON (519) 646- 6000 ext 65178 https://www.lhsc.on.ca/femap-first-episode-mood-and-anxiety-program/who-we-are
  • Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit* youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (age 29 and under) 1-800-268-9688 or text 647- 694-4275; available from 4:00-9:30 pm from Sunday-Friday) / https://www.youthline.ca
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Program for Psychoses (PEPP-Oxford) is a community focused mental health program when there are possible concerns about an episode of psychosis. The assessment can be carried out either in our clinic or, if preferable, at home by a trained mental health professional. PEPP-Oxford is located at Woodstock General Hospital. 310 Juliana Drive, Woodstock, ON (519) 421-4223. http://www.wgh.on.ca/display/PS/PEPP+- +Prevention+and+Early+Intervention+Program+for+Psychoses
  • Wellkin Child and Youth Mental Wellness provides family mental health care with a focus on children and youth living in Oxford and Elgin counties; 24/7 support by phone (519)-539-0463 or 1-877-539-0463 / https://wellkin.ca
  • Talk In Clinics Walk In counselling for children and youth, and their families. https://wellkin.ca/programs_services/counselling-services/
    • Woodstock - Wellkin Child and Youth Mental Wellness (Tuesdays, 10:00-6:00) 912 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON (ages 0-18)
  • Walk In Counselling
    • Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (Tuesdays, 3:00-8:00) 19 King Street East, Ingersoll, ON 1-800-859- 7248 (all ages)
    • Oxford County Community Health Centre (Wednesdays, 9:00-12:00) 35 Metcalf Street, Woodstock, ON (519)-539-1111 ext. 0 (ages 16 and up)
    • Tavistock Community Health (Wednesdays, 3:00-7:00) 80 Maria Street, Tavistock, ON 1-800-859- 7248 (all ages)
    • Tillsonburg Campus of Care (Mondays, 12:00 pm-8:00 pm) 167 Rolph Street, Tillsonburg, ON 1- 800-859-7248 (all ages)
    • Woodstock Hospital (Athlone Entrance) (Thursdays 12:00 pm-7:00 pm) 310 Juliana Drive, Woodstock, ON (519) 421-4223 (all ages)

Resources

Resources for Students
Resources for Parents

Ontario Ministry of Education Documents

Growing Mentally Healthy Schools

We strive to be a leader in championing the importance of mental health and well-being of students and staff, and consistently demonstrate a strong commitment to fostering safe and inclusive learning environments.


Coffee with Kelly - New episodes every day during Mental Health Week (May 4-8)

Episode 1: Dr. David Tranter

TVDSB's Mental Health Lead, Kelly Appleby, sits down with author David Tranter, a professor at Lakehead University, a researcher and co-author of the book The Third Path: A Relationship-Based Approach to Student Well-Being and Achievement.

Episode 1

Episode 1 (Extended Conversation)

Episode 2: Mony Madlol

TVDSB's Mental Health Lead, Kelly Appleby, sits down for an extended chat with Mony Madlol, a student at Oakridge Secondary School, to talk about the mental health and well-being of boys and young men.

Episode 2

Episode 2 (Extended Conversation)

Episode 3: Holly Painter

TVDSB's Mental Health Lead, Kelly Appleby, sits down for a chat with Holly Painter, a TVDSB educator with an incredible talent for poetry. Holly shares her passion for promoting mental health and well-being in the classroom (both virtual and in-person!).

Episode 3

Episode 3 (Extended Conversation)

Episode 4: Mike Cywink

TVDSB's Mental Health Lead, Kelly Appleby, sits down for a chat with Mike Cywink. He has a passion for supporting the well-being of FNMI students through a variety of programs in TVDSB schools. Mike brings knowledge and passion to the conversation about well-being from an Indigenous perspective.

Episode 4

Episode 4 (Extended Conversation)

Episode 5: Mark Fisher

TVDSB's Mental Health Lead, Kelly Appleby, sits down for a chat with Mark Fisher. He is the Director of Education for the Thames Valley District School Board. Mark is courageously leading TVDSB through this exceptional time and shares his philosophy and commitment to the well-being of the TVDSB community during this time and beyond.

Episode 4

Episode 4 (Extended Conversation)

Episode 6: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2020

Meet Kam, Matt, and Julie. Two students and an educator from TVDSB who sat down with Kelly Appleby, #TVDSB's Mental Health Lead, to chat about the importance of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and the vital role schools can play in supporting LGBT2Q+ students.

Episode 6

Episode 6 (Extended Conversation)

 Episode 7: Dora Chams and Susan Rodgers (Educator Well-Being)
Meet Dora Chams and Susan Rodger, an educator and a psychologist.  Together we discuss the importance of acknowledging and supporting educator well-being.
Educators:  If you're interested in "More Coffee with Kelly" on this topic, Susan and I will be providing virtual learning opportunities on June 10th and 12th.  Please sign up for only one (1) of these sessions through your employee portal.

Episode 7

Episode 7 (Extended Conversation)

Episode 8: Dr. David Tranter
Welcome back Dr. David Tranter! David and I have a conversation about the ways in which the framework and concepts of his book, The Third Path, can provide guidance to schools on what children will need to support their achievement and well-being when schools re-open and beyond.
Episode 9: Dr. Javeed Sukhera

Meet Dr. Javeed Sukhera. He a child and adolescent psychiatrist in London and an Associate Professor at UWO. Dr. Sukhera shares his expertise and wisdom for parents and caregivers on supporting the mental health of children and youth during these challenging times.

Episode 9

Episode 9 (Extended Conversation)

Episode 10: 2020-2021 Student Trustees

Meet Mahek, Tasnia, and Nicholas, incoming TVDSB Student Trustees for the 2020/2021 school year. Together they bring the student perspective on school closures and what will be important to students for school re-entry. Kids are so wise!

Episode 10

Episode 10 (Extended Conversation)

Everyday Practices for Everyday Learning

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Now We’re Cooking
Unlock your family’s cooking potential. Whether you have toddlers or teens, your kids will love getting creative in the kitchen.

Learning Together in the Kitchen

Health: What makes a balanced meal or snack?

Language: How do you read a recipe or write a grocery list?

Math: How do you measure ingredients and work with fractions?

Science: What will happen when you boil veggies or make bread?

Social studies: What food is grown in Canada and around the world?

Food skills: How do you stir, chop, knead, pour and scoop?

Social skills: How can we work together, take turns and share utensils?

Source: UnlockFood.ca

Resources
Growing Chefs, UnlockFood.ca, Canada's Food Guide

 

Mixing Fun with Words
Word puzzles can be in any language and cover any topic. They can enhance your child's creative and critical thinking skills while being engaging and fun.

Word Games and Code Breaking

Language: Which words do I know? Can I build on my vocabulary?

Problem solving: Can I find patterns or shapes in the code?

Social skills: When I get frustrated trying to figure it out, what can I do to stay calm and focused? 

Critical thinking: Have I thought about this word puzzle from a different angle? Can I flip it upside-down to see something new?

Second language: If I don't recognize a word, is there a similar word that I do know in English? Where do I see root words?

Social studies: When and where throughout history has code been used? 
What was its purpose?

Source: Dana Foundation of Neuroscience

Resources
Dana Foundation of Neuroscience, Flintobox.com

 

Play and Have Fun
Boardgames are a great way to boost your brainpower and improve executive functioning skills.

Benefits of Boardgames

Language: What new words or terms do we need to learn for this game? 

Math: What is money sense and who’s the banker?

Business: What resources do I have and how should I use them?

Social skills: How can we win and lose gracefully?

Communication: Am I focused on the game and carefully listening to all players?

Source: Scholastic

Resources
Scholastic, cbc.ca/parents, education.com/worksheets

 

Take a Deep Breath
Deep, slow breathing sends calming signals to the brain. Practice often to make this technique work better for you when feelings of frustration, anxiety or sadness bubble up.

Deep Breathing – Calming Technique

Drama: Imagine you have a hot chocolate.  Breathe in through your nose, imagine the delicious smell.  Breathe out through your mouth to cool it down.  Or, breathe in and imagine the smell of a flower, then breathe out and imagine you are slowly blowing out a candle.

Math: Breathe while tracing shapes with your finger. 
Triangle – breathe in, hold breath, breathe out..  Count with the breath – in for 5, hold for 3, out for 7.  For calming, breathe out for as long as possible.

Science: What is the Fight – Flight - Freeze response?  How does my body and mind react?  How can I modify my response?

Social skills: With a partner, sit back to back and feel each other's breathing. Can you match the rhythm?

Resources
YouTube: "Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman, TVDSB "A Teachers Guide: Everyday Practices for Mental Health and Well-Being in the Classroom"

 

Take a Deep Breath, I Can Do This! This Too Shall Pass, I Believe in Me
Be your own cheerleader!  Notice your helpful qualities and habits, say encouraging words to help counter negative thoughts that have you feeling powerless and 'stuck'. 

Positive Self-Talk

Health: What situations cause me to feel doubt and stress? 
What message will help me to persevere during this struggle?

Language: Select four words that make you feel calm and confident.  Each word you have chosen will match one finger on your hand.  As you say your affirmation press your thumb to each finger; one finger per word.

Science: Why is my brain better at noticing problems than noticing positive things?  How does noticing problems help with survival?

Social studies: Motivational quotes and proverbs exist in all languages and cultures.  Explore!

Resources
TVDSB "A Teachers Guide: Everyday Practices for Mental Health and Well-Being in the Classroom"

 

GO FISH, CRAZY EIGHTS, MEMORY - WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE?
Playing cards is sometimes seen as just a pastime, however there are plenty of hidden benefits from engaging in this activity.

Playing Cards

Language & Math: Literacy and numeracy skills typically go hand in hand. Completing a game might include gathering and analyzing information, using a mathematical skill and reporting that information in written and/or verbal form.

Business: Employability skills for getting and keeping a job; working a cash register and counting items in an order.

Social Skills: Improve your patience and concentration.
Can I predict emotions that my opponent or partner has throughout the game? What about facial expressions?

Cognitive Skills: Boost your memory without even realizing it.

Resources
Playingcarddecks.com, TVDSB - Mathematics

 

Tense & Relax
When you find it difficult to let go of angry or anxious feelings, this technique may be helpful.

Technique:

  1. Squeeze your hands into fists as tight as you can and hold for a few seconds then relax your hands and feel your muscles loosen.
  2. Push your heels down into the floor, squeeze your toes and hold for a few seconds then relax your feet and feel your muscles loosen.

Let Go of Stress

Science: How many muscles do you have?  Can you tense and relax them one at a time?

Drama: Use your imagination! When tensing up, pretend you are the Hulk or an uncooked noodle. When relaxing, pretend you are a jellyfish or a cooked noodle.

Social Skills: It is important to develop your ability to notice and manage big emotions so that you don't miss out on the fun or give up on a difficult task when you are frustrated, embarrassed
or disappointed.

Resources
TVDSB "A Teachers Guide: Everyday Practices for Mental Health and Well-Being in the Classroom"

 

Free Your Imagination
LEGO and other building sets are an ideal way to tap into STEM learning. Challenge your whole family to build from a set or use your imaginations to create something unique!

BUILDING: LEGO, K'NEX, MEGA BLOKS, MODELS

Math: What geometric shapes and angles fit best together?

Problem-Solving: How can the shapes help me build what I want to build? Can I estimate how many I might need?

Spatial Competencies: How can I recreate an object to scale? Is it possible to use a grid?

Literacy: If I struggle to understand the directions for building, what strategies can I use to figure it out?

Source: BrightHorizons.com

Resources
Dana Foundation of Neuroscience, Mamainthenow.com, Brighthorizons.com

 

Crafting for Health
Research shows that regularly engaging in crafts may have tangible health benefits. Here's what getting crafty might do for you.

THE UNEXPECTED BENEFITS of CRAFTING

Social Justice: How do crafts connect to politics and turn objects from everyday lift into agents for social change?

Mental Health: Projects help build self-esteem. Simply visualizing, working on and then creating a product can make you feel better about yourself.

Developmental Education: When we perform manual work, we force our brain to coordinate thinking with our hands; training fine motor skills.

Physical Education: Repetitive motions can help calm down the body and the brain.

Resources
BerkleyWellness.com, Search: Crafting for Health

 

GROUNDING EXERCISES
Focus your attention on the sensations you are experiencing in the moment (sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste).

Calm Your Mind

Horticulture: When working with plants, take a moment to notice what you see and smell.  Feel the soil, plants, water.

Music: Play your favourite piece of music and listen very carefully to the variety of instruments, including vocals.  Is it easier for you to listen with your eyes open or closed?

History: When did Jon Kabat-Zinn start researching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?  What did the research show?

Technology: Search 'grounding exercise' online to find the best techniques for you. Bookmark your favourites.

Resources
My Everyday Practices - Mental Health and Well-Being Activities

 

WARNING: Things might get messy!

MAKE YOUR OWN slime and playdough – just a few essential household ingredients and you’re on your way to hours of family fun.

SLIME IS CHEMISTRY! SLIME IS FUN!

Science: Which ingredients do I need to make slime or playdough? What chemical reactions are involved?

Literacy: What is an activator? How can I find out?

Art: What items can I use to create the textures for cloud or galaxy slime? What colours do I mix to make pink, purple, turquoise or sparkly playdough?

Mental Health & Well-Being: Kneading, mixing and squishing with our hands helps us to feel centered and calm. Read about ASMR and slime videos at self.com.

Source: Little Bins for Little Hands

Resources
Littlebinsforlittlehands.com, self.com

 

BE GRATEFUL FOR THE LITTLE THINGS!
Create a habit of noticing big and little things you are grateful for.  Being grateful can make you more patient when life is difficult.

GRATITUDE is the BEST ATTITUDE

History: What inventions have made your daily life easier? Think cooking, cleaning, communication and transportation.

Social Skills: Regularly tell others that you are grateful to have them in your life and why.

Art: Using any medium, create an art piece that expresses your gratitude.

Resources
TVDSB "A Teachers Guide: Everyday Practices for Mental Health and Well-Being in the Classroom"

 

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE …
TVDSB is collecting system wide BIRD Watching data for three days, May 13-15.
Get outside and participate for 15 min. Share your data at www.tvdsb.ca/environment

SPRING NEIGHBOURHOOD BIRD COUNT

Math: Using the data collected, how can you answer your questions, and what conclusions can you draw?
What can you KNOW from the data, and what do you now WONDER?

Science: Use this opportunity to hypothesize, investigate and understand the interactions in your own local environment.

Health: This is a life-long outdoor activity that can be done anywhere, any time of year.

Mental Health & Well-Being: Watching birds makes people feel relaxed and connected to nature.

Resources
Ontario Field Ornithologists, NatureCanada.ca, TVDSB Environmental Ed.

 

Smiling is Contagious too …
Outdoor chalk art is an opportunity to express yourself and inspire others.  Think of ways to make it interactive - games like hopscotch, asking questions, riddles or even jokes!

PLAYING with POSITIVITY

Art: Draw images, write quotes and words to inspire optimism and creativity.

Social Skills: How might someone else feel by reading/seeing what you've created?

Language: What are some new words that you can find and learn to spell?

Science: How is chalk made? Can you make some at home?

Question: What is so fragile that saying its name breaks it?

Answer: Silence

 

MY FEEL-GOOD PLAYLIST
Music has the power to make us feel many different emotions.  What style of music is your 'go-to' for feeling happy?

MUSIC at HOME #TVDSBarts

Music: The elements of music are what changes the emotion of a song. What are the elements of music that you prefer when creating a playlist?

  • What music makes you feel happy or calm?
  • What kind of music would you listen to if you want to feel energized or relaxed?
  • What music makes you want to get up and dance?

Resources
#TVDSBarts, The Arts Curriculum (2009), TVDSB Arts

 

NOTICE EVERY SENSATION
Walking – with or without a destination – is an opportunity to quiet your mind. 
Focus your attention on only what you feel, hear, smell and see in this moment.

WALK this WAY

Biology: How does walking strengthen your bones?

Math: How long is your stride (one step)?  How many steps would it take you to walk one meter?  One kilometer?

Social Skills: What does it feel like to walk with someone and not speak? When you complete the walk, share what you observed with your senses as well as the thoughts and feelings you noticed while not speaking.

Health & Physical Education: Walking is a simple way to achieve daily exercise goals.

Resources
Healthy Schools: DPA, ParticipACTION, Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

 

WHAT DOES THE EVENING SOUND LIKE?
As evening sets in, a whole new world comes alive. What sounds do you hear, how do they make you feel, what do you wonder?

EVENING SOUNDS

Music: Can you replicate the sounds and rhythms you hear with objects from around your home?

Language: Write a poem about all the wonderous or spooky sounds you hear.

Science: Why do we hear so many different sounds at night? What does it mean to be nocturnal? Can you name 5 different nocturnal animals and their habitat? 

Social studies: While most of our community sleeps, many are busy at work. What professions work in the evening and through the night? Why do you think so?

Resources
NationalGeographic.com, Book: Night Animals by Gianna Marino

 

Calming Moments
Bring to mind a place where you feel calm. Imagine you are there. What do you see? Hear? Feel? Include textures, temperature, emotions. Are there any smells or tastes?

WHERE DO YOU FEEL MOST CALM?

Arts: How might you represent your calm place through various mediums? Try drawing, creating music or poetry.

Biology: What is happening in your body when you imagine this place?  How does your breathing and brain chemistry change? When stressed, pause to take a slow breath and imagine your calm place in as much detail as possible.

Horticulture: Can you create a calm place using plants?

Science: Research shows that this practice works best when the calm place in your mind is a real place where you have spent time.

Resources
My Everyday Practices - Mental Health and Well-Being Activities TVDSB

 

LITERACY
"Literacy is about more than reading and writing – it's about how we communicate in society. It is about social practices and relationships, about knowledge, language and culture." UNESCO, Statement for United Nations Literacy Decade, 2003-2012

CONNECTING WITH OTHERS

Social Media: Communicating through social media uses many short forms (LOL), tags (@), and hashtags (#). With members of your household, write a list of 10 hashtags you would share during this time at home.

Instagram Post: Label the parts of the message (greeting, tags, sharing ideas, asking questions, closing, hashtags). Write a list of 8 things you have been doing, including some details (Who? Where? When? Why?).
Record 5 questions you might ask.

Resources
TVDSB, Continuity of Learning, Literacy

 

GARDENING
“A garden is a friend you can visit any time.” Okakura Kakuzo

Gardening adds beauty, oxygen and diverse ecosystems to your living space.  Research shows that tending to plants can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Learning in the Garden

Geography: We live in the Carolinian Ecosystem Zone.  What flowering plants can you grow to help our natural pollinators?

Math: When growing plants from seed, use a ruler to measure depth and spacing as listed on the seed package.  Measure and chart the growth of various plants over time.

Horticulture: Which bugs and insects are beneficial to the plants you are growing? If you don't have space for a garden, research container gardening or municipal community garden plots. 

Art: Draw, paint, or photograph to document your garden's growth over time.

Resources
CarolinianCanada.ca, Municipal websites

 

CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Let's make it a game. Turning routine chores into a fun family challenge can improve communication and team building skills. Tidying can be fun!

Many hands make light work

Teamwork: If you work together, how many things can you pick up in 1 minute? Can you beat that number?

Music: Choose upbeat songs (125-140 BPM) to make cleaning up fun! What are some of your favourites?

Mental Health & Well-Being: A tidy space has been proven to reduce distractions and anxiety (CAMH).

Social Studies: Use the Internet to research places where you can donate unwanted toys/books locally.

Resources

Center4research.org, camh.ca

 

A Deeper Dive into Mindfulness
"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally." - Jon Kabat Zinn
History: When and where did Jon Kabat Zinn begin researching the effects of mindfulness practice? What were the results?

Social Studies: There are many cultural and religious practices that share attributes of mindfulness practice. Ask your family, friends and online community what practices they find helpful to restore calm and perspective when life is difficult.
 
Health and P.E.: Research and try movement-based mindful practices. What are the many benefits associated with practicing mindfulness regularly?

Resources:
CAMH.ca, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), MBSR-Teen
 
MAKING a SUPER COOL FORT at HOME 
What every day, household items make the best forts? Try pillows, fitted and flat sheets, clothes pins and clips and build a masterpiece where the whole family can play and expand their imaginations together! 
 

Science/physics: How much weight is needed to hold up a sheet, but not collapse the ceiling? How much space is required for you to fit in your fort (sitting, standing)?  

 

Imaginative play: Is the couch part of a spaceship? The bunkbed a castle tower? Is your fort a restaurant, a corner store, a classroom or even a jungle hideout? 

 

History: Did you know that the oldest walled city is Uruk in ancient Sumer (Mesopotamia)? What can you learn about the history of fortification around the world?

 

Resources:

Ancient History Encyclopedia, The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

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