Mental Health

Notre Dame is committed to improving the mental health of all our students and staff
The chaplain is available to discuss mental health challenges and grief
Students can access the following mental health supports through the school
  • Mental Health and Additions Nurse, Cathleen Nowicka - usually at the school on Tuesdays
  • Board Counselor, Heather Scott (filing in for Jessie Burns) - usually at the school on Wednesdays
All appointment are arranged by our Student Support Worker, Jason Peckham (x408), and are confidential for any student over 12
We are supported by the Board Mental Health Lead, Michelle Neville 
Mental health support is also available in the community
  • Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth
  • Lanark County Mental Health (18+; Carleton Place and Smiths Falls)
  • Tri-County Addictions Services (Smiths Falls)
  • Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
  • CHEO
  • The Royal Ottawa
  • Bereavement groups
Mental health support can also be anonymous
  • Kids Help Phone
  • Distress Centre (16+)
  • Child, Youth, and Family Crisis Line
  • Mental Health Helpline
  • BounceBack
In a mental health emergency, call 911 or visit a local hospital
  • Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital
  • Almonte General Hospital
  • Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital
  • CHEO
There are also many mental health apps
  • What's Up?
  • Empower
  • Headspace
  • Whispers