As students and parents are in the midst of back-to school-season, CMHA Waterloo Wellington is reminding people to keep mental health in mind during the transition.
While a new school year can be exciting, it can also cause stress and anxiety. CMHA suggests maintaining positive mental health during this seasonal shift with the following strategies:
- Take care of your body. Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. Make sure to get enough sleep, drink water, and eat well.
- Build resiliency. Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult situations. Problems and stress are a normal part of life. Set aside time to think about the resiliency tools available to you, such as structured problem-solving skills or people who can help you during difficult situations.
- Reach out for support. Social support is an important part of mental health. People in our networks can offer emotional support, practical help, and alternate points of view. Contact CMHA Waterloo Wellington for mental health support in your community.
CMHA Waterloo Wellington offers:
Walk-in and meet with a Mental Health Clinician to discuss your needs for Children 6-18 years old:
When: Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (last appointment is 5:30 p.m.)
Where: 485 Silvercreek Parkway North at Woodlawn, Guelph (take the 20 or the 2A/B Guelph Transit Bus)
Sessions last approximately 90 minutes. There may be a waiting time to be seen.
Call Here4Kids for Prenatal to Age 6:
To access services and supports for children from prenatal to age six in Guelph and Wellington County, call Here4Kids: 1-844-454-3711 (4KIDS 11).
Call Here 24/7 for Children/Adolescence Ages 7-18:
If you are in crisis or wish to discuss whether CMHA has the right service for you, call Here 24/7: 1-844-437-3247 (HERE 247).
Additional mental health tips specifically for children can be found on the Children’s Mental Health Ontario website. For post-secondary students, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) has compiled an orientation package of campus mental health resources available across the province. Visit the CICMH website to view the full list.