Supporting Student Mental Health 


The Catholic Principals' Leadership Development | Ontario, Leadership en action and Principal Association Projects,  the service partners for Catholic Principals' Council | Ontario (CPCO), L'Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles franco-ontariennes (ADFO) and Ontario Principals' Council and School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) are offering webinars, podcasts and a whiteboard animation as a complement to the MH LIT - Mental Health in Action courses. These resources, along with the course modules support principals and vice-principals in supporting student mental health.  

These resources will support principals and vice-principals as they 

  • deepen their understanding of student mental health
  • provide practical strategies
  • support the enhancement of classroom culture
  • align their work with the OCT advisory related to student mental health
  • understand links between mental health and updated curriculum documents including Health and Physical Education and Mathematics and
  • build positive habits that create the foundation for long-lasting mental health and well-being.

As part of this project, we will be offering a series of 60-minute interactive webinar sessions. 

Webinar 1 - completed

Mental Health and the Tiered Approach to Support All Students

This webinar introduces Mental Health Literacy through the lens of a school leader. Participants will learn about the school leaders' role in supporting mental health and will develop an understanding of the importance of creating the conditions that enable mental health and well-being to thrive. Together, we will explore the AIM model of support and intervention and learn how to think in tiers to effectively design and monitor mental health services for your school. Participants will become familiar with resources designed by SMH-ON to support continuous learning and improvement in mental health and well-being in your school. The webinar will be interactive, engaging participants in activities that focus on “where to start” with the implementation of social emotional learning. 



  • Supporting Student Mental Health Slides - Webinar 1 English | PDF
  • Supporting Student Mental Health Slides - Webinar 1 English | PPTX

Webinar 2 - completed

Understanding a Whole School Approach to Culturally Responsive Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

This webinar engages participants to  explore the benefits of developing conditions for culturally responsive SEL in daily practice. Participants will learn about 6 categories of SEL, and explore strategies to build staff capacity and ownership for a whole school approach to culturally responsive SEL practices. The webinar will be interactive, engaging participants in activities that focus on curriculum connections to SEL, how to teach SEL, and deepening our understanding of school wide commitment to SEL. School leaders will be led through the new Social Emotional Learning in Action tool which is a reflection guide that helps you take the pulse of what’s going on in your school. 

CPCO: February 18, 4 p.m. 
OPC: February 16, 4 p.m. 
ADFO: 18 février, 10 h


Webinar 3 - March 22, 4 p.m.

Supporting Students Experiencing Mental Health Concerns: Noticing and Responding

This webinar explores resources for principals to support students struggling with a mental health concern. Together, we will learn about the circle of support and will examine how the principal, as a member of the circle, supports the student. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to access additional support for a student struggling with a mental health problem. Strategies to talk with parents, as well as a multitude of SMH-ON resources that are available to assist school leaders will be shared. The webinar will be interactive, engaging participants in activities that focus on equity considerations, inviting reflection on your school and your leadership moves, zeroing in on ways to build partnerships with parents and deciding on actionable next steps for your school community.

CPCO: March 22, 4 p.m. 
OPC: March 25, 4 p.m.
ADFO: 30 mars, 10 h