Health and Well-Being

At Durham District School Board (DDSB) we are committed to keeping our students healthy in both body and mind. We can provide you with mental health and wellness initiatives and crisis support as well as information to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Safe Schools

Learn about our Safe Schools initiatives that aim to create positive school environments.

Mental Health

Durham District School Board (DDSB) considers well-being and positive mental health fundamental to student achievement. Students and/or their caregivers are encouraged to reach out to someone at school if they are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged. Support and Crisis Lines are also available.

Visit the DDSB website for additional resources for mental health and wellness.

Upcoming Virtual Mental Health Group for Teens 15 to 18 years this summer

12 hours that can change your life.  Do you want to feel happier, have more energy, gain confidence, enjoy better relationships, feel less stressed and develop skills to deal with life's challenges? 

Join 'Living Life to the Full' offered by Carea Community Health Centre:

Wednesday(s) June 30 - August 24; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; virtually on Zoom

Free for youth between 15 and 18 years of age

Contact:  Ana Pacheco-Rye or 905-723-0036 ext 1227

Visit to find out more!

Crisis Help and Support Lines

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) wants to ensure that you have the resources you need to handle a crisis. Our students can experience a crisis in many ways, including:

  • Bullying
  • Emotional or physical abuse
  • Neglect
  • Sexual assault
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Depression

Visit the DDSB website for a listing of available crisis support resources.

Dental Screening on Hold

The annual dental screening program conducted in schools is on hold until further notice. Free dental screening services are still available to all children and youth under the age of 18. Dental screenings are scheduled by appointment at the Health Department’s, Oral Health Clinic located in the Whitby Mall. Families with inquiries or who wish to schedule a free appointment can contact the Oral Health Division between 8am – 8pm, Monday to Friday at 905-723-1365 extension 4567