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Mental Health and Well-being

What is Mental Health?

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a "state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community." (World Health Organization)

Mental Health is not simply the absence of mental illness. It is the sense of emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being that enables us to meet the opportunities and challenges of life with a sense of confidence and hope. 

Mental Health: Finding a Shared Language 

This CAMH video explains the separate but interconnected concepts of mental health and mental illness, as well as what it means to 'promote mental health' in ourselves, in our schools, and in our communities. 

Mission

The Mental Health & Well-being Strategy is designed to:

  • raise awareness
  • reduce stigma
  • build capacity
  • provide a coordinated and evidence based/informed approach to mental health
  • engage partners in supporting student mental health and well-being within the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board.

Over the next three years, we will strive to ensure all schools are mentally-healthy environments promoting security, a sense of belonging, and optimal climates for learning.