Mental Health and Addictions

Who are we?

Worried young woman speaking with a caring counsellorThe position of the Mental Health and Addiction Lead at the Upper Grand District School Board began in September of 2012 as part of Open Minds, Healthy Minds – Ontario`s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. The Mental Health and Addiction Lead works with senior administration to develop and implement the board mental health and addictions strategy. This position provides leadership for the board mental health team and works collaboratively with Safe, Equitable, Inclusive School and Healthy Schools Committees to promote wellness for all students.

Some key responsibilities of the Mental Health and Addiction Lead include:

  • Promote mental well-being and mental health literacy initiatives in the board
  • Select and support evidence-based approaches to mental health promotion and prevention
  • Provide mental health promotion and prevention training
  • Provide leadership in mental-well being and mental health/addiction related initiatives and supports within the board and community
  • Collaborate with board and community partners to promote clear and integrated access to services

 The Mental Health and Addiction Lead represents the Board on a variety of community based planning tables and committees, such as:

  • Ensuring School Success (Chair)
  • Dufferin Coalition for Kids (DUCK)
  • Growing Great Generations (GGG)
  • Mental Health Working Group of GGG
  • Suicide Awareness Council (SAC)
  • Service Collaboratives
  • Guelph/Wellington Drug Strategy
  • Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Domestic Assault
  • Prescription Medications Working Group