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#BackToSchool 2016

The back to school season is exciting. Children r​eunite with friends, teens head off to university and parents get back into the routine that summer tends to disrupt. But for some, this time of year ca​n be very stressful.

CAMH encourages students, parents and teachers to take care of their mental health during this busy time of year and always. 

This page is home to stories, tools and resources that aim to make the transition back to school safe, smooth and stress-free.

In the news: Five mental health tips for students

In her special to the Globe and Mail, Dr. Susan MacKenzie, staff psychiatrist and Clinical Head of CAMH's Child, Youth and Family Outpatient Service provides tips to help students stay mentally healthy. 

Education: Beyond the Cuckoo's Nest (BTCN)

Beyond the Cuckoo's Nest is CAMH's longest-standing educational outreach program to high school students and it aims to increase awareness among youth of the causes, treatments, signs, symptoms and interventions for mental health and addictions issues. 

For more information about Beyond the Cuckoo Nest and to register your school for a workshop, please contact CAMH at 416 535 8501 ext. 34969. 

Feature story: TDSB High School Program at CAMH

​Did you know that CAMH offers a specialized academic day program for students under 21 who are struggling with a mental illness? The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) classroom at CAMH's College Street site offers education that 'meets you where you're at' and TDSB teachers Sara Austin and Janice Karlinsky are excited to welcome the newest group of students this September.

Feature story: Adult learning at CAMH​​

It's not always easy to get back into a routine when one's school years have been interrupted by illness or injury. This is espec​​​ially true for people who experience an acute episode of mental illness that cuts their education short.

Read about CAMH's Essential Skills Upgrading course​ and how it's getting CAMH client Jesse and others back up to speed on schooling.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Research: Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS)

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS) is one of the longest-running school surveys in the world. The 2015 survey speaks to trends in psychological distress, student drug use, problem gambling and texting and driving. 

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