CAMH: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres. It offers clinical care, conducts research, provides training, develops innovative health promotion and prevention strategies, and advocates for public policy. Its youth education resource, Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines for Youth, provides evidence-based information on safer ways to use cannabis, for those who have made the choice to use.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario, is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to making mental health possible for all.
Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP)
Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) is a national network of student and youth chapters working on drug policy issues facing their communities. CSSDP advocates for appropriate responses to reduce and prevent the harms associated with drug use and provides education and resources to help others advocate for sensible drug policies.
Cannabis Education Resources, Ophea
Ophea’s Cannabis Education Resources has been developed to provide educators and administrators access to evidence-informed information on substance use, specifically regarding cannabis, to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions to support their health and well-being.
ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness, and/or gambling. The Government of Ontario funds the organization.
Foundations for a Healthy School
Foundations for a Healthy School is designed to help contribute to a learning environment that promotes and supports child and student well-being, which is one of the four core goals in Ontario’s renewed vision for education.
Government of Canada
The Government of Canada website provides information and resources about drugs including cannabis.
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is a national support service in Canada that offers professional counselling, information, and referrals as well as volunteer-led text-based support to young people in both English and French. The services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education (OPASSE)
The Ontario Physical Activity Safety Standards in Education, managed by Ophea, represent the minimum standards for risk management practice for school boards. They focus the attention of teachers, intramural supervisors, and coaches on safe practices for every activity, in order to minimize the element of risk. The Safety Standards include concussion protocols to help prevent and identify suspected concussions and manage a student’s safe return to learning and physical activity.
Public Health Units
Public Health Units have staff who are qualified to provide information and deliver training on substance use prevention and harm reduction and health lifestyles and who have experience with healthy schools. Your local public health unit can be a great source of support to students for this project.