OPSBA advocates for a strong, accessible, responsible and equitable level of children's mental health services in Ontario, with emphasis on early intervention and adequate funding for assessments within the context of the implementation of the Ministry of Education's Comprehensive Plan.
Mental health professionals and organizations involved in suicide prevention are concerned about aspects of the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. This series depicts events leading to death by suicide of a young fictional character, and covers other troubling issues like bullying, violence, and sexual assault. While the series may inspire helpful dialogue about these issues, it also has potential for harm for those who may be struggling with a mental health problem and/or suicidal ideation.
To help those trying to understand the concerns and school boards looking to respond to comments and concerns from their communities, School Mental Health Assist has created a comprehensive FAQ. The FAQ is also available in French.
The Ontario Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health unites education, mental health, community and health sectors in a movement to promote the priority of social and emotional well-being as a part of healthy child development in Ontario and to make it a priority that drives integrated public policy in the province.
To learn more, visit the Coalition website.