There are friends, people at school, within your family and in the community who can help you.
There are staff members at school who can support you. Ask a trusted teacher, guidance counsellor, graduation coach, youth settlement worker, or principal for help. There are also school social workers, CYC's and mental health psychologists. A staff person or your school website will share information about how these mental health workers can help you, and how you can request their support. There are also professionals such as a family doctor or community agency who can support you.
There are also people outside of school that you can turn to like your family or friends, a faith or cultural leader, an Elder, or someone in your community.
When thinking about who to reach out to, think of a person who:
you trust and respect
listens to you
you find easy to talk to
supports your goals and interests
It can feel awkward to ask for help. Here are ways to start a conversation. “I have a tough situation; it’s really bugging me… Can I talk to you about it?”
“I can’t seem to get past the feelings I’m having. I wanted to reach out before things got worse.”
“I’ve been feeling off lately, can I get your help?”
No Problem Too Big or Too Small is a resource that you is a quick reference on when, where, how and with whom you can reach out for help.
My Circle of Support
The people, places, and things that support me when I need it. Safe and supportive people care about me and want to support my mental health and well-being. View My Circle of Support Tri-Fold brochure.
At the Halton District School Board, there is a Circle of Support for every student. The Circle of Support begins with the student, parent/caregiver and educator. For every student, educators and other staff provide relationships, classroom environments and classroom instruction that promotes mental health and well-being. As a student's need increases, the circle is broadened and additional resources and supports are added.
At school, speak to your teacher or other trusted staff person. Your teacher, other school staff and child and youth counsellors and social workers are available to help.
We work together with students, parents/caregivers, teachers, administrators, other Board staff and community agencies to promote and support students’ mental health and well-being. We have Child and Youth Counsellors, Mental Health Psychologists and Social Workers.