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The Rideauwood School-Based Program supports students, and their families, who are struggling with substance use, behavioural addiction and related mental health issues.

Confidential, in-school counselling is available to students who are:

• In grades 9-12 with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

• At risk of using

• Actively using

• In recovery

• Affected by someone else’s substance use and/or behavioural addiction

Referrals may come from the student (self referral), school administrators, guidance counsellors, and/or parents/guardians. Speak to your school’s principal and/or guidance counsellor to request a referral.

Rideauwood Prevention and Education Program (RPEP)

School-Based counsellors facilitate the Rideauwood Prevention and Education Program (RPEP) for grade 7 and 8 students in the OCDSB. This early intervention and prevention program includes two separate presentations for each grade level, in the fall and winter terms, respectively. 

“ Thank you to your team for your work with our students – the program is an important one!”
- Elementary-school vice principal

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Rideauwood partners with

During COVID-19, Rideauwood has partnered with other agencies through CounsellingConnect to help youth, young adults and adults who are dealing with substance use issues, or other problematic behaviour such as gambling and gaming or supporting a friend/family member who is. If you are interested in a single session to explore these issues, help is just a click away.