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Our Mental Health Philosophy

We consider student mental health and well-being to be a crucial part of student success. This is a priority at the GECDSB. Mental Health is defined as a state of well-being in which every person is able to realize their own potential, is able to cope with stressors of daily life, and is able to engage and contribute to the overall community (World Health Organization, 2018). 

 What is Well-Being?

The nature of well-being is complex and means different things to different people. Well-being can be understood to be a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that is felt when our cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met. It is supported through equity and respect for our diverse identities and strengths. Well-being in early years and school settings is about helping children and students become resilient, so that they can make positive and healthy choices to support learning and achievement both now and in the future.

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