Ontario school guidance counsellors seek more resources in dealing with mental health concerns

Ontario school guidance counsellors seek more resources in dealing with mental health concerns

Student mental health is a huge concern for school guidance counsellors — who these days help kids with everything from stress to substance abuse and have even become the go-to person for families looking to find counselling.

A survey by the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association, to be released Monday, found that providing mental health help is the most drastic change the profession has faced, given a general lack of services and long wait times in the community — and it’s the one area they are now urging they receive more training in, given the new realities of their job.

Not only do they provide support to students, but are often expected to link families — and even marriages — to community agencies in times of crisis.

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