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Mental Health Awareness Month in FMPSD

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May 1-31 marks Mental Health Awareness Month, and at Fort McMurray Public School Division (FMPSD), we understand the profound impact mental health has on our students, staff, and the broader community. We recognize that mental wellness is a collective journey requiring support, understanding, and resources. This month, and every month, FMPSD stands committed to fostering a nurturing environment where everyone knows they're not alone.

Integrated Support for All

At the very heart of our approach to mental health is the belief in a cohesive support system. We are proud to say that our mental health support services are integrated with those offered by Alberta Health Services, Child and Family Services, and other community agencies under the Wood Buffalo Regional Collaborative Service Delivery Framework. This collaboration ensures that our community can access a comprehensive, unified support network.

Our dedicated school counsellors across the Division are tirelessly working to provide individual and group interventions. These sessions are designed to identify core problem areas that affect our students' emotional wellbeing and, consequently, their learning environment. By addressing these foundational concerns, we aim to support not just the academic success of our students but their overall mental health.

Empowering Our Community Through Resources

Recognizing the diverse needs of our community, FMPSD has developed an extensive array of online resources available through the FMPSD Mental Health website. This platform is a valuable tool for parents, staff, and students to access various mental health resources.

The FMPSD Mental Health website features:

  • Community Resources: A curated list of local support services and agencies, ensuring that help is always within reach.

  • Upcoming Supports and Sessions: Information on available workshops, seminars, and group sessions tailored to address varied mental health topics.

  • Podcasts: Listen to insightful episodes covering a wide range of subjects, from coping strategies and well-being tips to deep dives into specific mental health concerns.

  • Tailored Articles and Resources: Whether you're a student, a parent, or a staff member, find articles and resources specifically designed to meet your unique needs and circumstances.

During Mental Health Awareness Month, we invite our FMPSD family to explore these resources, engage with our supports, and remember you are not alone.

Mental health is a continuous journey, and at FMPSD, we are committed to walking this path together. From parents to staff, we're all in this together, supporting each other’s well-being and fostering a community where everyone feels valued, understood, and supported.