School-Based Mental Health Programs

Refocusing and adapting educational pedagogy to build healthier communities.

Our School-based Mental Health programs provide high school students from across Ottawa, with emotional and behavioural difficulties, access to in-school mental health services for children in Ottawa.

Working closely with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), the team delivers services to help youth overcome their challenges and build the skills needed to succeed at school. These services focus on prevention, reduction, and support for mental health challenges without the need to change schools.

Individualized treatment

Treatment plans and therapeutic interventions are youth driven and tailored to the academic needs, mental health challenges and goals of each individual.

Family Intervention

Through therapeutic, educational, and support services for parents and caregivers, we help youth and families build resilience and develop important  life skills.

In-school support

Individualized and youth-driven, these services focus on prevention, reduction, and support for mental health challenges without the need to change schools.  

Behaviour Treatment Classroom

For students who face suspension or expulsion, in this specialized classroom youth work closely with a counsellor and teacher to succeed through a therapeutic, structured, and directed learning program. 

I enjoyed the variety of techniques I have been given to cope with my anxiety and time management.

- S., former Day Treatment program student


Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Canada is an inclusive, award-winning approach to grant-making that grows compassionate communities by connecting high school students to social issues, local charities, and philanthropy at a pivotal stage in their adolescence. YPI seeks to empower youth in their communities, and each year they grant hundreds of thousands of dollars to local social service charities across Canada, 100% decided by high school students.

The Roberts/Smart Centre (RSC) is fortunate to have received a grant from YPI, directed by students from St. Mark Catholic High School, where we provide School-Based Mental Health services.

The past few years have been particularly difficult for our youth but with encouragement and the support from fellow students like those at St. Mark Catholic High School, they have continued to work hard to achieve important milestones in healing, treatment, and education.


To get more information about School-Based Mental Health programs contact our Intake Team or contact your local school board to see if these services are for you or a youth you know.

Our Treatment Philosophy

Our approach to mental health treatment is strengths-based, trauma-informed, and person-centered. We help youth to recover and heal through treatment, education, and life-skills development.

The Roberts/Smart Academy

The Roberts/Smart Academy (operating as Debbie Campbell Learning Academy) is open to youth aged 12-18, who come from Ottawa or elsewhere in the province, with mental health and behavioural needs that exceed what a traditional school setting could provide.   

Day Treatment Program

Day treatment provides youth with a therapeutic, structured, meaningful, and directed learning program. As these programs address the academic needs of the youth, they simultaneously provide support to the treatment plan of the student.