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Back-to-School Mental Health Kit

While back-to-school is hard for most children and youth in a normal year, this year our kids are facing extraordinary circumstances relating to the pandemic and infection control measures. We know parents are experiencing unprecedented stress and are worried about their kids’ mental wellness.

To help, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) has prepared a Back-to-School Mental Health Kit. We want to empower families who are concerned about their child’s mental health and help you find further mental health supports if you need them.

We know how hard this is

We know many parents are concerned about their children’s mental health. Children’s Mental Health Ontario and its partner, The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, are reporting new findings on how the pandemic is effecting the mental health of children, youth and their families. 

Inside the Back-to-School Mental Health Kit

Resources and tips to help you and your family navigate these uncertain times.


6 Tips to Support Mental Wellness

Help your child prepare for the start of the school year.

Mental Wellness and Pandemic Prevention

Supporting children’s mental wellness while encouraging pandemic prevention measures.

Navigating School With Your Child

Guidance on how to get supports at school for your child with mental health issues.

Peer Support and School Relationships

Tips for encouraging and supporting friendships during the school year

Look for tips, resources and information to help parents and caregivers.

Survival Guide

Practical tips and information to prioritize your own wellness and start making things better for you and your family.

Back-to-School Tips for Parents 

Strategies for making a strange and uncertain situation feel a little less overwhelming for you and your kids.

Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting in the midst of a pandemic is challenging, especially for parents of kids struggling with mental illness.

You Don’t Have to Do This Alone.

If you are a parent/caregiver worried about your child, or a young person looking for help yourself – please reach out. Our network of child and youth mental health centres has 4,000 professionals ready to help children, youth and families with free counselling and treatment. We provide care in person, on the phone and virtually. No problem is too big or small.

Find your closest child and youth mental health centre.

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