Services, Study Tips, and Mental Health

Services, Study Tips, and Mental Health

How to Access Services

We, as a counselling team, will always work to act in your best interest as a liaison with teachers, parents, students and community agencies and players. We have an open-door policy where students can access counselling on an as-need basis. We are available before school, at lunch, after school, as well as during class time. Teachers and parents can also refer students, and appointments can be booked in advance. It is our goal to work with the population at ESSMY to help you make better informed and appropriate decisions currently and for whatever future endeavours you may undertake. We look forward to working with you!

Here are a few links that may be of interest to you…

Educational Links: - Discover proven ways to study not just harder, but smarter! - Effective Study is an amazing website that helps students to learn more about areas including study skills, reading, test taking, productivity and time management, writing, memorising and thinking,  It is your one stop shop for all things related to study skills.  Have a look and see what changing your study habits will do to your global achievement! - Helps you to learn proper note taking, studying and test taking strategies that are a vital part of improving your grade on exams as well as your academic success. - Practice exams in every grade level and subject. You can create your own account for $15 which allow you 50 logins. - Exam stress: Check out and type in ‘exam stress’. You’ll find practical and helpful tips to get you through the rigors of high school exams. - One stop shopping for all things Career and post-secondary Investigation related. It is a provincial gateway for career, learning, employment information and services. Will help you find all the info you need to know about any future career path you may want to follow and how to get there. - Innovative career planning tool dedicated to engage and inspire students and help them to achieve to their full potential. Offers personality profiles and inventories to help students refine their areas of interest and hosts educational opportunities across Canada. Requires a username (which is EICS-ABJ student number) and a password. If students are unsure of their password, please come see a counsellor and they can help you get going. - Student Aid Alberta is the place to go for all things related to Scholarships and Financial Aid. Learn about everything from school and program eligibility, to loan limits, to education costs. Application for the Alexander Rutherford is achieved through this website.

Personal and Mental Health Support: - Access information regarding substance use, self-harm, or other mental health concerns through this site. Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC), now part of Alberta Health Services, provides excellent information about resources, prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. - Canadian Mental Health Association offers this site to raise awareness of mental health problems that can affect teen lives and to provide practical tools and suggestions to support high school students. - The Family Centre offers a wide range of programs and services to individuals and families including counselling for individuals, couples, families and groups. - Mental Health site for youth seeking support. - Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health illness in Canada. This website has my anxiety plans (MAPs) to help you understand and manage anxiety. Empower yourself by watching our educational videos, and downloading the MindShift app. No one tries a drug with the hopes of becoming addicted. Teens may try alcohol because they saw their parents drinking, or they may try marijuana because their friends offered it to them. Drugs and alcohol have a greater effect on teens than on adults and signs of addiction can be difficult to see or understand. This site is a huge help, it is not only information but there are people you can talk to and connect with that can help.

Parents: - Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association - This wonderful site lists the 40 developmental assets for adolescents and provides examples of ways to 'take action' in supporting our teens. Parents should stay informed about what their children do and what is going in their lives. In order to prevent kids from abusing drugs or help them recover from addiction, parents should understand drug addiction and the effects it has on teens.