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School board offers series focusing on mental health, addictions

Separate webinar series open to parents and guardians, board staff and partners
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The Simcoe County District School Board offices in Midhurst are shown in this file photo. | Raymond Bowe/BarrieToday

As part of an ongoing partnership to support student mental health and well-being, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and the Centre for Family Initiatives at Pine River Institute ([email protected]) are continuing their multi-part learning series for SCDSB families, staff and the SCDSB’s broader school communities.

There are five webinars in the learning series for parents, guardians and other caregivers during the 2022-23 school year.

Sessions for parents/guardians

Oct. 20 — Screen time 2.0

Dec. 8 — How to manage another’s anxiety

Feb. 9, 2023 — Guide to attuned limit setting

March 23, 2023 — Emotional regulation for kids and adults

April 27, 2023 — The biology of stress

Register online for the parent/guardian sessions.

Learning sessions for SCDSB staff and community partners will also continue during the 2022-23 school year.

Sessions for community members

Nov. 18 — Parents and caregivers as allies: How to work with parents and caregivers to support students’ mental health and well-being

Jan. 19, 2023 — Trauma-informed classrooms

April 20, 2023 — Window of tolerance

Register online for the community member sessions.

The SCDSB and Pine River Institute (PRI) have committed to work together to support student mental health and well-being to SCDSB families, staff and within its school communities. In November 2021 the two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding setting out a three-year partnership and working agreement. More information about the partnership and the learning series is available on the SCDSB website.

PRI is a live-in treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth aged 13 to 19 struggling with addictive behaviours and often other mental health issues. Combining therapy with a fully accredited education program, PRI reinforces the healthy life skills required for a successful future. [email protected] extends PRI’s knowledge, experience and evidence-informed treatment approach to families and care providers in the community to support youth mental wellness and prevent the need for more intensive interventions. Learn more about PRI by visiting their website at