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Counselling Resources

The following resources are made available for student and parent information.  They are intended for your information.  If you are concerned about your child, please consult a doctor for further professional advice.

Mental health is an important part of your physical health and personal well-being. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, mental illnesses are characterized by changes in thinking, mood, or behaviour associated with significant distress and impaired functioning. Mental illness can take many forms. Examples include: mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, problem gambling, or substance dependency.  Links to resources for mental health:

Safe Social Media/Internet

More than a decade after the emergence of smartphones, Facebook and Twitter, a profile is emerging of the “constant checker.” Such avid technology and social media use has paved the way for the “constant checker” — those who constantly check their emails, texts or social media accounts (43 percent of Americans). This attachment to devices and the constant use of technology is associated with higher stress levels

How much time do people spend on their mobile phones in 2017? Quite a bit. Over 4 hours a day means we spend over 1/6 of our days on our phones! But it doesn’t mean we’re bad people. Mobile phones have become very practical, highly functional devices, and our usage reflects their application.

What does a day in the life of a teen social media user look like?

  • as soon as they get up… check and send Snapchat streaks
  • get to school early to check Instagram, Facebook, and any messages
  • in class, send messages to others… the kids called it “sneaking”
  • after school and once home continue to engage with friends online via their social networks or messaging apps
  • just before hitting their pillow to go to sleep… check for any new streaks

It’s important to note that this is a constant ongoing process from the time they wake up, until they go to bed.