Our Mental Health Therapists:
Rena Ondrik joined the RCSD team as of October 31, 2016, to support elementary schools with mental health program implementation. Rena is a Registered Social Worker and has worked for AHS Child Youth and Family Addiction and Mental Health for the past 3 years. Working with children and their families has allowed her opportunities to work alongside many schools. She is excited to be able work with these colleagues again, and to meet additional new school partners as well. Rena is looking forward to collaborating with you to take a small step, or a big one, to enhance the mental well-being of your school communities. There are so many wonderful things already at work in schools and Rena is eager to get started and join in to support your school goals.
For the 2016/17 year, Rena will be working with Lethbridge, Palliser and Holy Spirit schools within the County of Lethbridge. Connect with Rena for:
- assistance in setting up mentoring programs or groups to promote mental wellness
- classroom presentations to students on a variety of topics including: coping with stress, taking care of yourself, managing strong feelings, mindfulness, and others
Alison’s background as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse explains why she understand medications and Psychiatrists so well. She has worked in the world of mental health all of her career and has worked in the area of children’s mental health, in various roles, for close to 20 years. Previous to joining the RCSD team, Alison has been the Mental Health Therapist at the Adolescent Program at Chinook Hospital (the predecessor to CAMP and DLA), the Clinical Manager of CAMP, the DLA Therapist and a Therapist at Children’s Mental Health, all in Lethbridge. Alison is “really excited about this new role and working more with and in schools, since children spend so much of their time there!” The SW RCSD is fortunate to have Alison on our team and we look forward to working with her as we continue to implement our SWRCSD model.
Alison works with Lethbridge, Palliser and Holy Spirit schools within the County of Lethbridge. Connect with Alison for:
- observation of a child/youth in classroom and feedback for staff/ parents (requires parental consent)
- formal or informal consultations
- The RCSD Mental Health Therapist position for Horizon, Livingstone Range, and Westwind is being restructured. Until the position is filled, please connect to supports through your Family School Liaison teams.
Mental health services are provided by AHS Addiction and Mental Health. Children/youth who are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, mental health concerns can be referred to an Addiction and Mental Health clinic for assessment and service. Parents are able to call directly to the clinic closest to their community for an appointment. Please note that parental consent and involvement are necessary for a child/youth to be seen by a therapist.
|Community||Addiction Services||Mental Health Clinic|
|Fort Macleod||same as clinic||403-553-5340|
|Lethbridge||same as clinic||403-381-5278|
|Milk River||same as clinic||403-647-3500|
|Pincher Creek||same as clinic||403-627-1121|
|Raymond||same as clinic||403-752-5440|
A child or adolescent may have a mental health concern(s) when these signs are present:
- persistently play the victim and/or bully in peer interactions.
- frequently miss school with truancy, sickness or other excuses.
- appear rarely to smile, or appear sad, cry easily or seem depressed.
- appear to lose weight, especially those on diets who believe they are overweight but have developmentally normal body form.
- openly or persistently talk about suicide, or whose thinking is persistently morbid.
- appear to have delusions, paranoia, or hallucinations, or their thinking is bizarre.
- display behaviour that is generally unusual for them and/or their peers.
- have a pattern of learning/achievement that is one year (or more) behind their peers.
- display a sudden deterioration in their standard (or volume) of school work.
- display a significant deterioration in routines, social/family relations, or learning.
- suddenly lose friends, becomes a ‘loner’, or becomes isolated/withdrawn.
- appear to be unusually quiet and solitary in school and/or the community.
- constantly sleepy or always tired.
- quickly loses concentration or is distracted.
- is displaying persistently disruptive behaviour and/or has frequent periods in school detention.
(From Healthy Minds/ Healthy Children Desk Reference: Edition 2, 2011)