Guidance Appointments

Please note that the process for booking an appointment and the nature of those appointments has changed. Due to efforts to limit contacts throughout the school day, virtual meetings and phone calls will take precedence over in-person appointments. 


Google meets and phone calls are the only option for our OCVSS learners to meet with their guidance counsellor. 

Google meets and phone calls: Students will schedule these appointments on the days that they are learning at home rather than in-school.

In-person appointments will be arranged in some circumstances but only after a phone call or Google meet. In-person appointments will only be held on days when the student is at school with their cohort.  

Urgent matters (ie a risk to your or someone’s safety) - on an in-school day, alert your teacher and they will contact Guidance for you. On a home day, call the Guidance Office at 613-832-2773 X2014 during regular school hours (8am to 2pm). Outside of these hours, access 24/7 crisis support at: 613-260-2360 or toll-free at 1-877-377-7775.


How to Make an Appointment

Appointments for a virtual meeting or phone call can be made through beginning Wednesday, September 23 via the links below:

Last names A - Gn

Mr. John McDougall                                           

Last names Go - Ni  

Ms. Jennifer Ashton                                  

Last names Nj - Z

Ms. Carmel Dickson Rothwell


Alateen Ottawa
is now on Zoom. Please see the attachment below for all of the details. You can also visit their website at Alateen Ottawa

Alateen-Zoom-Meeting Flyer.pdf

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Community Student and Family Resources

  • Crisis Lines: Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (24 hrs)
  • Ottawa Distress Centre 613-238-3311 (24 hrs)
  • Mental Health Crisis Line 613-722-6914 (24 hrs)
  • Youth Space -Feeling depressed online text and chat
  • Youth Service Bureau - YSB - Mobile crisis team 613-562-3004 (7 days a week, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Child, Youth and Family Crisis Line for Eastern Ontario - 613-260-2360 or 1-877-377-7775 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) Crisis Chat website: (Thursday to Sunday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Need Help Now: information for youth who have been impacted by inappropriate posting of sexual pictures/video by their peers. The website includes practical steps for youth to regain control over the situation:
  • Other Resources: Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre - the WOCRC provides youth programs, parenting workshops, information, counselling and support in times of crisis Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services - 613-724-4881, The Youth Line - Ontario's provincial LGBT peer support and information line 1-800-268-9688 or
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health -
  • The following website is an excellent source of information regarding mental health and family crisis -
  • Terrace Wellness Centre:  Affordable Counselling Program
  • Wellness Together Canada: Get connected to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional.  Wellness Together
  • Ability CBT:   Select the program that best meets your needs; Anxiety (Pandemic), Anxiety, Depression, Pain Management or Insomnia.
  • School Mental Health Ontario: Works together with Ontario school districts to support student mental health. School Mental Health Ontario

Helpful Apps!

Whats Up- This app uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help with a number of issues including depression, anxiety, and stress. What's Up App

Happify focuses on your emotional health and wellbeing using games and activities developed by scientists. Happify App

Headspace is an app to help with meditation. Whether you are having trouble sleeping or feeling stress in the workplace, this app can help guide you through meditation activities and mindfulness techniques for better mental health. Headspace App

Sanvello offers psychologist-designed tools to address stress, anxiety, and depression. Sanvello App

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