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The Catholic Principals' Leadership Development | Ontario, Leadership en action and Principal Association Projects,  the service partners for Catholic Principals' Council | Ontario (CPCO), L'Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO) and Ontario Principals' Council in partnership with School Mental Health Ontario (SMH-ON) are continuing to develop resources based on the  MH LIT - Mental Health in Action courses. These resources, along with the course modules support principals and vice-principals in supporting student mental health. 

These resources will support principals and vice-principals as they 

  • deepen their understanding of student mental health

  • provide practical strategies

  • support the enhancement of classroom culture

  • align their work with the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) advisory related to student mental health

  • understand links between mental health and updated curriculum documents including Health and Physical Education and Mathematics and

  • build positive habits that create the foundation for long-lasting mental health and well-being.

Upcoming Session(s)

Refocusing on Student Mental Health Webinar - January 25, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. EST

As a leader, how do you build a Mentally Healthy School in Tier 1? Administrators from across the province will share stories on how they are building a Mentally Healthy School. Join us for this free 60-minute webinar!



Professional Learning Network #1

Supporting Student Mental Health: Where do I start?

As a principal or vice-principal leading in the pandemic, you play a key role in establishing foundations for quality, consistency and sustainability in school mental health. School Mental Health Ontario (SMH-ON) offers evidence-based information and resources relevant to your role, and the role of educators, students and families.

75-minute virtual Professional Learning Network (PLN) to support planning for the school year. Participants learned about what  provincial colleagues are doing to support students and how SMH-ON can support their leadership.

Offered on October 19 at 10:30 a.m.



In 2021, we offered a series of 60-minute interactive webinar sessions.

Webinar 1: Mental Health and the Tiered Approach to Support All Students

This webinar introduces Mental Health Literacy through the lens of a school leader. Participants will learn about the school leaders' role in supporting mental health and will develop an understanding of the importance of creating the conditions that enable mental health and well-being to thrive. Together, we will explore the AIM model of support and intervention and learn how to think in tiers to effectively design and monitor mental health services for your school. Participants will become familiar with resources designed by SMH-ON to support continuous learning and improvement in mental health and well-being in your school. The webinar will be interactive, engaging participants in activities that focus on “where to start” with the implementation of social emotional learning.

January 26, 2021

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Recording with closed captioning:


Webinar 2: Understanding a Whole School Approach to Culturally Responsive Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

This webinar engages participants to  explore the benefits of developing  conditions for culturally responsive SEL in daily practice. Participants will learn about 6 categories of SEL, and explore strategies to build staff capacity and ownership for a whole school approach to culturally responsive SEL practices. The webinar will be interactive, engaging participants in activities that focus on curriculum connections to SEL, how to teach SEL, and deepening our understanding of school wide commitment to SEL. School leaders will be led through the new Social Emotional Learning in Action tool which is a reflection guide that helps you take the pulse of what’s going on in your school.

February 16, 2021

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Recording with closed captioning (CPCO version):


Webinar 3: Supporting Students Experiencing Mental Health Concerns: Noticing and responding

This webinar explores resources for principals to support students struggling with a mental health concern. Together, we will learn about the circle of support and will examine how the principal, as a member of the circle, supports the student. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to access additional support for a student struggling with a mental health problem.  Strategies to talk with parents, as well as  a multitude of SMH-ON resources that are available to assist school leaders will  be shared. The webinar will be interactive, engaging participants in activities that focus on equity considerations, inviting reflection on your school and your leadership moves, zeroing in on ways to build partnerships with parents and deciding on actionable next steps for your school community.

March 25, 2021

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Recording with closed captioning:


Creating Conditions for Leading Mentally Healthy Schools

Through conversations between practising school leaders, a mental health leader and a School Mental Health Ontario Leader, our podcasts will provide listeners practical strategies, examples and information on:

  • Creating a Mentally Healthy School and Classroom Environment

  • Understanding the Aligned & Integrated Model (AIM), especially Tier 1 Elements (welcome, include, understand, promote, partner)

  • Creating Positive Spaces by Enhancing Student Voice 

  • Organizational Conditions at School Community Level

  • School Improvement Planning with Social Emotional Learning

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Building Confidence and Skill in How to Notice and Listen: Supporting student mental health

Through conversations between practising school leaders, a mental health leader and a School Mental Health Ontario clinician, our podcasts will provide listeners practical strategies, examples and information on

  • What to Look For on Common Mental Health Issues

  • Preparing Staff to Notice Mental Health Concerns in Students and

  • Effective Supports and Processes for Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns.

Links to resources and tutorials for more information will be shared in addition to student profiles, voice, choice, engagement and grade specific Social Emotional Learning and Health and Physical Education (HPE) Curriculum.

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Whiteboard Animation

Supporting Student Mental Health: A decision support tool for school leaders

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Through this whiteboard animation, you will receive a guide to the School Mental Health Decision Support Tool: Student Mental Health Awareness Initiatives – Version for School Administrators. This resource was developed to support school decision making related to mental health awareness and promotion products, speakers, and services. Its goal is to aid alignment with the board and school mental health strategy and action plans when choosing resources.


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