Mental Wellness Hub

Supporting Positive Mental Health Promotion in Saanich School District


We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live, learn, and teach. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived and worked on this land since time immemorial.

British Columbia is currently under two public health emergencies; the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Opioid crisis. To learn more and to access resources and supports, click on the resource tab above, and visit the respective links.

Upcoming Opportunities

For parents and caregivers


  • FamilySmart is starting a new workshop series called Help For The Hard Times, supporting South Island families and caregivers whose child or youth has been a patient in a psychiatric unit or have had repeated hospital ER visits at Victoria General or Ledger House. These will be delivered every month starting on April 13th and are facilitated by parents with lived experience and are hosted online at no cost to families. Visit Family Smarts to learn more

  • This month's FamilySmart Topic is Beyond Behaviours: When Is It More? What It Looks Like at Ages 4 to 8 . Registration can be completed www.familysmart.ca/itk

  • Boys and Girls Club is offering a new series of online programs, beginning in May. These programs help parents of teens, pre-teens, and children gain confidence, discover practical tips and resources, and find support from other parents. For more information visit BGCVIC and/or contact parentingprograms@bgcvic.org, or 250-686-9122.

  • FamilySmart, with the help of Anxiety Canada created a video resource for anxiety and avoidance- check out this 35-minute conversation between a parent and counsellor on our YouTube channel - https://youtu.be/x5rvQPUbnSI

See parents/resources section for more information

For students

Foundry - Victoria Youth Clinic remains open, but is limiting in-person interactions as much as possible, using telehealth and phone communication where possible. If seeking access to physicians / nursing / counseling / outreach and peer support, call 250-383-3552. Booking for the day begins at 10:30 am by telephone. See social media for updates and changes, and check out the Foundry app to support virtual appointments

Island Sexual Health is running the majority of their services through distance medicine via telephone and video conferencing, though pre-arranged clients can be seen in clinic if absolutely necessary at Quadra Street location by calling 250-592-3479. They do NOT have to be an existing client to access our services. The confidential text line for Sexual Health questions is still available at 250-812-9374. Please note this line is for general sexuality questions not medical advice.

The BGC has started a new virtual youth program called Youth Connect with the intent of connecting youth across the CRD. The scope of the program is quite broad, and relies on youth interests and feedback to shape the weekly sessions. Some topics may include: outreach about local causes, skill building and knowledge sharing, discussions on movies and literature, promoting inclusion, inviting guest speakers, and more. Youth Connect begins May 4, running at 5pm on zoom, free of cost. To register, email adventure@bgcvic.org

Go Girls Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Program - Big Brothers and Big Sisters is offering a free weekly program inviting youth to meet virtually over Zoom in either the afternoon or the evening, to engage in games, crafts, activities, discussions, and more! The group is all about reducing stress, promoting active lifestyles, self-love, and self-care, spreading kindness, and improving social connection in a time of physical distancing! This program also includes a free supply kit for pick-up in Victoria. To register your child online, follow this link: https://victoria.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/gogirls/


For Staff

Please visit the Saanich School District website to see Monthly Snapshots