More than ever, this has been a stressful start to a new school year, and it's normal to feel anxious and worried. Students may also be feeling a range of emotions and be struggling with time away from school and friends, changes to routine, and other stressors may also be impacting you or your family's well-being at this time.
On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Peel District School Board will recognize World Mental Health Day and highlight areas of mental well-being, while raising awareness of the stigma surrounding mental health issues. It comes at a time when our daily lives have changed and continues to change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has impacted the lived experiences of students, families and staff members in different and significant ways.
When we take the approach to address mental health and well-being of staff that are most impacted we help to create the environment that creates wellness throughout our entire Peel board community. We continue to identify and seek to address inequities that may have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and our time apart. Learn more about how wellness interacts with anti-Black racism: www.peelschools.org/parents/mental-health-and-wellbeing/parents/supports.
As we head into the long weekend, let's remember that we need to take care of ourselves and each other now more than ever. Mental Health affects us all. A number of resources are available to students families:
Together, let's support each other to be #WELLinPEEL. For more information on mental health supports and resources, visit www.peelschools.org/parents/mental-health-and-wellbeing.