TBCDSB Mental Health Strategy: The Catholic Context

Through our Catholic Teachings, Thunder Bay Catholic Schools has a solid foundation for supporting Student Mental Health and Well-being. As Catholics, we understand that the mind, body, emotions and spirit are integrated and inter-connected.

Our Catholic Values and Virtues are central to supporting the growth and development of the whole child and serve as the foundation for nurturing positive mental health and well-being. We recognize that this is a shared responsibility, in partnership with the home, Church and community.

Thunder Bay Catholic Schools adopts the Public Health Agency of Canada 2006 definition of Positive Mental Health to guide our work.


Positive mental health is defined as the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity.

Mental Health Leadership

Since 2011, the Ministry of Education has been funding Mental Health Leaders in provincial school boards. Mental Health Leaders are full-time senior mental health professionals with dedicated responsibility for supporting student mental health and well-being strategic planning and implementation. School Mental health is a shared responsibility within our Catholic Board. Our Mental Health Leader works closely with Senior Administration, Special Education, Catholic schools and community mental health and substance use programs and networks. Provincially, the Mental Health Lead works closely with School Mental Health ASSIST, the Ministry of Education’s implementation support team.

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