What we do.
School Mental Health ASSIST (SMH ASSIST) is a provincial implementation support team designed to help Ontario school boards to promote student mental health and well-being. It is part of Open Minds, Healthy Minds: Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy and works alongside the Ministry of Education to provide school mental health leadership, resources, and coaching support. SMH ASSIST uses an implementation science framework to help Ontario’s 72 school boards to be systematic, intentional, and evidence-based in their approach to student well-being.
SMH ASSIST services are offered directly to boards via their Mental Health Leadership Team, most often through the Superintendent with responsibility for mental health and the board Mental Health Leader. Some capacity-building resources are also featured on this site, to provide wider access to these materials. Check back often to view updates, and to provide feedback and suggestions.
School Mental Health ASSIST:
Kathy Short, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Director, School Mental Health ASSIST