EMSB 2021 Mental Health Libraries and Resources: New Tools Available


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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its repercussions for students, a mental health library will be established in each elementary and secondary school within the community of the English Montreal School Board.

At the elementary level, story books that can teach valuable socio-emotional lessons have been purchased and will be delivered in the coming days. Teachers and elementary school staff will be able to borrow these books and use them in their lessons, with links to the lesson plans provided for each book. At the secondary level, the school guidance counselor will have a set of workbooks that they can share / use with students as needed to meet students’ mental health needs.

Mental health network being established for the EMSB community. The Mental Health Resource Center will provide workshops, information kits and other services to meet the capacity building needs of school staff in the area of ​​mental health.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Increase the comfort of staff to identify and help students obtain support for students in need;
  • Increase understanding and reduce stigma around mental illness;
  • Establish an arena for staff to share their challenges and successes, as well as to express the needs of their school.

With all of these tools in place, we hope to help our students develop their mental health and identify and respond more effectively to schools’ mental health needs.

About the English Montreal School Board

With a population of the youth and adult sectors of over 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (CSEM) is the largest English-speaking public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards based on linguistic criteria, the EMSB network includes 77 schools and centers. For more details, visit the EMSB website at www.emsb.qc.ca.

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