Your teen would like to attend a forum with other students to share ideas about promoting mental health and wellness in schools.
The forum is part of a research project led by School Mental Health Ontario and Wisdom2Action. We are gathering student perspectives to help School Mental Health Ontario to develop a provincial student mental health engagement and leadership strategy.
We need your consent for your teen to take part. Please review the information below. If you agree to have your teen join the forum, please complete the consent form.
Participation is voluntary. Students were invited to take part, but don’t have to. We asked students with parent/guardian permission to register for the forum closest to them.
For those traveling 150km or more (each way) to attend the forum, we will provide accommodations for the night before for the participant and a chaperone.
Should you have questions, please feel free to contact Sherry Sim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will ask participants to share ideas in different ways. There will be a mix of small group discussions and activities. Participants can opt out of any activity throughout the day.
It’s possible some of the discussion may be a bit difficult for some participants, or a participant may feel emotionally unwell the day of the event. They can approach any staff member at the event and say they want to talk and they will receive help. There will be mental health professionals from local community organizations in the room, just in case. They’re available to provide support through the day.
If a participant decides they want to leave early, the staff will connect with them to make sure they have the support they need. They’ll ask if the student wants to have their contributions to the discussions deleted. If they do, we’ll do our best to make sure we remove what they shared.
If a participant shares something that makes us worry about their safety or the safety of others, mental health staff present at the event will talk with the participant and provide support to get help and make appropriate reports to a parent/guardian if needed.
Researchers from School Mental Health Ontario and Wisdom2Action will analyze the information gathered at the forums and through our online survey. They’ll produce a report summarizing the findings.
The Resilience Research Centre, the Ontario Ministry of Education, Ontario school boards and possibly others involved in public education in Ontario will receive the final report.
School Mental Health Ontario will use the report to help create the provincial student mental health engagement and leadership strategy.
Once the form is completed, your teen may continue to registration. Once registered, they will receive an email with all of the information they need to attend the event.
If you would like more information before consenting to have your teen participate, please contact Dr. Kathy Short from School Mental Health Ontario or Lisa Lachance from Wisdom2Action at email@example.com or Lisa.Lachance@dal.ca.
Thank you for your consideration of this opportunity.