The information below outlines the services offered by CYCs, Social Workers, and Mental Health Psychologists, along with guidance on how to seek assistance. Students in Grades 9-12 have the option to self-refer for social work and mental health psychology support. Refer to the information below for specific instructions on requesting help.
Child and Youth Counsellors - CYCs
School Based Kindergarten-Grade 8 and Gary Allan Learning Centre
CYCs help students to feel well and have a positive school experience. They affirm each student’s identity and focus on the promotion of well-being. In classrooms or small groups, CYCs provide learning and discussion on well-being and solving problems. In some instances, CYCs support students individually, guided by the student’s goals which are shared with parents/guardians.
School-Based CYC referrals are made through school teams only. To learn more or to
request the help of a CYC, students and parents/caregivers can ask their teacher or principal. Parent/caregiver consent is required for CYC support.
Kindergarten - Grade 8
Social workers work together with parents/caregivers, school staff, students and community providers so that students can feel well and have a positive school experience. Social workers offer individual support that is identity affirming. Together a plan to support the student is developed. Social workers can help provide referrals to community organizations.
ask your teacher or principal for social work support.
Grades 9-12 - Individual Support
Social workers offer individual support that is focused on your strengths and interests. They provide identity affirming care. Together a plan to feel better is created. This plan might involve learning and practicing new thinking and feeling skills, or problem-solving stressors. Social Workers can also help you to connect with other social or peer supports and counsellors in the community.
Feeling super stressed, anxious or down?
Facing a problem that you would like help with?
Would you like some emotional support?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, click on your school to learn about the social worker assigned to your school and where you’ll find a link to confidentially request to see the social worker.
Small Group Support
Social workers also offer small group support. Check with your teacher or guidance counselor about groups for coping with anxious, low or big feelings.
Mental Health Psychologists
For students in Grades 9-12 mental health psychologists offer individual support to help them understand more about how their brain works and their own learning profile, manage stress, build strong habits, and develop effective executive functioning and learning strategies.
Are you interested in making a change but feel stuck?
Feeling stressed and overwhelmed with your assignments?
Are you easily distracted and have trouble staying focused?
Are you feeling disorganized and forgetful?
Are you interested in learning routines to support your wellness?
Do you want to learn more about a recent psychological assessment or diagnosis?
Do you have ADHD, LD, ASD, or other neurodiversity and want to learn more about it?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, click the Student Referral Form
to self-refer to a Mental Health Psychologist. *Secondary students must register themselves using their HDSB email address* There may be a high volume of interest in the program, and we will only be able to accept a limited number of students.
Small Group Support
For students in Grades 9-12, mental health psychologists offer small group support.
Habits for Wellness - intended to teach students skills related to forming goals, self-reflection and habit formation for their personal wellness (e.g. screen time, sleep, nutrition, physical activity). This program is based on Atomic Habits by James Clear. Next offering January 2024 -
Habits for Wellness Referral Form
Executive Functioning Support
- This group focuses on developing effective learning strategies and executive function skills, as well as managing stress (e.g., time management, planning and organization, study strategies and test-taking tips, attention strategies, stress management and coping, etc).
- Referrals are ongoing throughout the first semester -
Executive Functioning Support Referral Form
*Secondary students must register themselves using their HDSB email address* There may be a high volume of interest in the program, and we will only be able to accept a limited number of students.
Black Indigenous Equity and Human Rights Team (BIEHR)
The BIEHR team has Racialized and diverse CYC’s and Social Workers who are committed to uplifting, centering, and affirming the identities of Black, Indigenous, Racialized, and 2S/LGBTQIA+ students. We acknowledge that students with the lived experience and intersectionalities of being Indigenous, Black, Racialized and 2S/LGBTQIA+ face historical and ongoing experiences of bias, feelings of isolation, not belonging and harm. This has had an impact on the mental health of students within these communities.
When an elementary student has experienced harmful Anti-Black, Anti-Indigeneous, Anti-Islamic, Antisemitic Racism and/or Homophobia or Transphobia a request for help from a member of this team can be made through this google form
or by a referral from your child’s school. Referrals will be responded to within two weeks of receiving the referral. The start of service will depend on availability.BIEHR Referral Form