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Talking About Mental Health: June 2018

Throughout the school year, UGDSB Mental Health and Addiction Lead Jenny Marino shares tips and resources for improving our mental health and well-being. Additional mental health resources for students and parents/guardians can be found on the board website.

The weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer and summer is just around the corner. It is an exciting time of the year but it can also be a struggle. There is often an increasing restlessness, distractability and anticipation as the end of the school year approaches. School is wrapping up and it is time to think about how to have a good transition from school routines to summer vacation. 

The shift from school year to summer break is easy for some, but more challenging for others, particularly those children and youth who experience anxiety or have difficulty with transitions.

A good transition to summer is important and can lead to a more positive, fun summer experience.

Here are some practical tips to make a smooth transition from school to summer:

Looking for Activities To Do:

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing, fun summer. However, if you find mental health challenges to be increasing or causing more difficulties over the summer, seek out mental health or addiction supports for your child/youth, you and your family. 

Summer resources for Mental Health and Addiction supports:

Your family physician and family health teams in Guelph, Wellington, and Dufferin are excellent resources.  

Canadian Mental Health Association WWD (CMHAWWD)

Tuesday Walk In – 1:30-7:00, 485 Silvercreek Parkway, Guelph. To access services for Children, Youth and Adults in Guelph/Wellington call 1 844 HERE 247 (1 844 437 3247) or visit

Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS)

Tuesday Talk In – 1:00-7:00 pm, 655 Riddell Road, Orangeville.  To access services for Children and Youth in Dufferin: 519 941 1530. Visit

Family Counselling and Support Services

Walk-in, Wednesday, 1-7, sliding scale, based on ability to pay, but will not turn anyone away. 109 Surrey St E, 519 824-2431.


Call 1 800 668 6868 or visit

Jenny Marino is the Mental Health and Addiction Lead for Upper Grand District School Board. 
Follow Jenny on Instagram @UGDSB_Mental_Health