Back to school mental health tips

As students and parents prepare for back-to school-season, CMHA Durham is reminding
people to keep mental health in mind during the transition.

While a new school year can be exciting, it can also cause stress and anxiety. CMHA suggests
maintaining positive mental health during this seasonal shift with the following strategies:
• Take care of your body. Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. Make sure to
get enough sleep, drink water, and eat well.
• Build resiliency. Resiliency means coping well with problems, stress, and other difficult
situations. Problems and stress are a normal part of life. Set aside time to think about the
resiliency tools available to you, such as structured problem-solving skills or people who can
help you during difficult situations.
• Reach out for support. Social support is an important part of mental health. People in our
networks can offer emotional support, practical help, and alternate points of view. Contact
CMHA Durham for mental health support in your community.

For post-secondary students, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) has
compiled an orientation package of campus mental health resources available across the
province. Visit the CICMH website to view the full list. Additional mental health tips specifically
for children can be found on the Children’s Mental Health Ontario website.