As students and parents prepare for back-to school-season, CMHA Niagara is reminding people to keep mental health in mind during the transition.

While a new school year can be exciting, it can also cause stress and anxiety. CMHA suggests maintaining positive mental health during this seasonal shift with the following strategies:

  • Take care of your body. Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. Make sure to get enough sleep, drink water, exercise, and eat well.
  • Build resiliency. Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult situations. Problems and stress are a normal part of life. Set aside time to think about the resiliency tools available to you, such as structured problem-solving skills or people who can help you during difficult situations.
  • Reach out for support. Social support is an important part of mental health. People in our networks can offer emotional support, practical help, and alternate points of view. Contact CMHA Niagara for mental health support in your community.

CMHA Niagara offers various programs to individuals 16 years of age and older, such as Walk-In Counselling and Urgent Support Services. These programs provide same day service to individuals by exploring their immediate concerns, and can offer assistance with crisis management and problem solving depending on the situation. Follow-up services and connections to other resources are provided, as needed. No referrals or appointments are required. To learn more about these programs–and the other services that CMHA Niagara provides–visit Our Services page.

Additional mental health tips specifically for children can be found on the Children’s Mental Health Ontario website. For children’s mental health services in the Niagara Region, visit Pathstone Mental Health’s website. For post-secondary students, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) has compiled an orientation package of campus mental health resources available across the province. Visit the CICMH website to view the full list.