HCDSB is committed to the well-being and academic success of all students. As part of this commitment, in 2014, we implemented a Mental Health and Addiction Strategy to support our students and recognize them as individuals capable of reaching their full God-given potential.
We believe that student engagement, mental health, and academic success are connected and that positive mental health is a collective responsibility shared by all stakeholders. Our Catholic values instil in us a strong belief in the worth and dignity of all people and a call to care for each other.
Here is an example of student engagement, mental health, and academic success closely entwined during the 2014-2015 school year:
St. Thomas Aquinas Students ROCK Out for Mental Health!
Students at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School hosted a benefit concert to raise awareness for mental health on October 24, 2014. Members of the KNHO band and secondary students chose to donate proceeds from the night to Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), which provides mental health programs, services and resources for families in the Region of Halton.
Several students who organized and participated in the event are part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, recognized worldwide for its high quality and challenging educational programmes.
As an IB World School, the St. Thomas Aquinas IB programme emphasizes community involvement, and intercultural understanding. Students are also challenged to take on a project where they display leadership and initiative in aiding with a local, national, or international cause.
Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Student Survey
The following chart depicts the number of students who reported moderate to high levels of anxiety Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Student Survey, conducted across the 2013-2014 school year.
Students with moderate to high levels of depression is an indicator of the TTFM student survey which measures students who experience prolonged periods when they feel sad, discouraged, and inadequate.
Positive mental health includes education, prevention, and intervention and aims to reduce stigma. Our Mental Health Strategy was developed in consultation with our stakeholders, students, staff, parents and our community partners. We recognize the importance of a shared responsibility and collaboration. We will continue to work together as a community to achieve our goals.