TORONTO, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - "We commend Bell for taking corporate leadership
in beginning a national and very vital conversation about mental health
through its Let's Talk campaign," said Catherine Fife, president of OPSBA. "OPSBA advocates
particularly for conditions that support student mental health and
well-being; these are also the conditions that promote student success
in school and in life. "
OPSBA is working in partnership with many organizations across Ontario
to create a strong voice for change and for equitable access to mental
health services for students and their families. The newly-established
Coalition for Children and Youth Mental Health believes that fostering
social and emotional health as a part of healthy child development has
to be a priority in Ontario schools. It has to be a priority that
drives integrated public policy in the province.
"Investing in the mental health and well-being of children and youth is
an investment in Ontario's future sustainability, cohesiveness and
prosperity," said Catherine Fife. "There has never been a better time
for Canadians to join the conversation and advocate together for a
concrete commitment to improved mental health supports and services."
Nurturing the whole child is a matter of children's rights. It involves
engaging with the entire community of caring adults to provide a full
continuum of services for children and youth. This must include mental
health literacy, promotion of positive social-emotional development,
prevention of mental health problems, intervention services and clear
pathways to care.
Plans are underway for a Summit on Children and Youth Mental Health to
be held in Toronto on June 2nd to heighten the dialogue which will lead to effective, integrated and
sustainable public policy.
SOURCE Ontario Public School Boards' Association
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