For Day 3 of Mental Health Week, we thought it would be important to share some information, reminders and resources about self-compassion. Many may not know what self-compassion is, so we wanted to take this opportunity to help educate you!

Theme: Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is an area we often overlook for ourselves as we carry on with the busyness of life. However, it is critical for us to teach and model self-care so students will take care of themselves.

We recognize that self-compassion can take many forms and encourage students to find what fits them and culturally relevant to who they are. According to Dr. Kristen Neff, self-compassion is “giving ourselves the same kindness and care that we would give a good friend.”


  1. Cultivating Gratitude Practices – This video was presented by WRDSB Psychological Services, focusing on gratitude practices. 
  2. Self-Love Practices for Black Youth Social Media ShareablesSchool Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) in collaboration with Wisdom2Action presents social media shareables focused on self-love strategies for Black youth. 
  3. Take care of yourself – School Mental Health Ontario focuses on self care. 

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Missed the previous Mental Health Week messages?