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Sinclair Secondary School
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Mental Health

The first step to understanding positive mental health is to look at how we view “mental health”.  When people think of mental health they often make associations with symptoms, challenges and illness, reducing our ability to see the whole picture of mental health.
Consider the way “physical health” is understood. Although we are all aware that people experience various physical illnesses during their lifetime, ranging from mild and brief to more severe and enduring, we do not see these symptoms, challenges and illnesses as defining physical health. We equate physical health as an overall experience of physical wellness.
Good health includes both physical and mental health!
Often, mental health awareness campaigns focus solely on mental illness. Understanding mental illnesses and reducing the stigma of living with mental illness is very important. Understanding the broader concept of mental health and how to improve and support positive mental health enables us to provide early intervention for individuals who have not developed a mental illness as well as support individuals living with mental illness to access resources for recovery sooner. People living with mental illness can experience positive mental health.
Everyone has periods of time when they are not experiencing optimal mental health (as all people experience periods of time when they do not have optimum physical health).  It is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadian youth suffer from a mental health issue.  The DDSB has identified five links of influence for positive mental health in the Mental Health and Addictions Strategic Plan
* Building Resiliency
* Breaking Down the Stigma
* Building Skills and Knowledge
* Engaging Parent/Guardians and Families
* Working Collaboratively with Community Partners

Early recognition of mental health problems and connection with helpful resources is important. If you are concerned about your child's mental health you can talk to a Guidance Counsellor at Sinclair Secondary School. Supportive school-based strategies, referrals to our Board mental health professionals and information about community mental health providers can be offered through our Student Services department. Promotion of positive mental health and development of social and emotional learning strategies is an ongoing focus for the DDSB.

If you need immediate assistance for a mental health concern, please contact:
  • your family doctor
  • Durham Mental Health Mobile Crisis (905) 666-0483 or 1-800-742-1890
  • Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868 -

Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 – 19 have experience a major depressive episode.  Depression can be very frightening and debilitating. Depression is a mental illness, characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, feelings of tiredness, and poor concentration.  Once we break down the stigma and start talking about Depression you can start to improve on your mental health.  People with Depression can experience positive mental health.  Please note that a Guidance Counsellor can help support you and help you to access resources for your journey to recovery. 

Information on community based mental health services for children and youth can be accessed through:
Other Resources: