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AMDSB holding events to address student mental health

The Avon Maitland District School Board is taking part in several events in the next few weeks to support students who may be struggling with mental health issues.

Superintendent Jodie Baker said the most important thing is to have the resources for the students to cope.

“We know that adolescents struggle with it, but it’s the ability to manage their mental health and to know how to cope and have the resources to cope that allows you to either function with it well, or not function as well,” she said.

Baker said they’re hearing from students that they want a strategy to help them cope.

“We’re really trying to raise the profile on promoting mental health. So there’s definitely more of a focus and we hear from our students that this is the strategy they want, strategies on how to cope, how to support others who are struggling, their peers who are struggling with mental health or the ability to cope,” she said.

The board is involved in an event on October 24 at Central Huron Secondary School in Clinton. It’s being put on by the Huron Youth Justice Committee called “You Matter – Healthy Relationships” and it’s about respecting yourself and respecting others. It runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The board is also partnering with Rural Response for Healthy Children and the Trillium Foundation for an Avon Maitland You Matter Mental Health and Well Being Symposium. That’s a day-long session for students on November 26 at the Libro Community Hall in Clinton. There is a session for adults that same evening.