This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The Toronto District School Board will be making an announcement on Tuesday to declare a new mental-health strategy in light of the recent survey report which illustrated that a lot of of the city’s students scored low on questions evaluating their social and emotional well-being.
Even though the students between Grades 7 and Grades 12 claim they feel “reasonably happy” and hopeful towards the future, there was a noteworthy fraction which alleged to host physical symptoms associated with depression. The frequency was maximum in the students between Grades 9 and Grade 12, where 76% of students chose to have felt “tired for no reason” and had difficulty concentrating, while 57% stated to have lost sleep because of worries and nearly a third said they “often” or “sometimes” felt like crying. A spokesperson of TDSB, Shari Schwartz-Maltz, mentioned that “we see this as a gap, an area that needs to be addressed,” while highlighting that the board intends to form a more centralized mental-health strategy in-different to the existing “piecemeal” approach, in which program strategy varies from one school to the next.
The details of the board’s plan are scheduled to be revealed at a press conference on Tuesday morning. A previous census of 2011 reported that more than 100,000 students are victim of stress and anxiety as one of the most widespread emotional issues. In other areas, the survey reported very small deviations from the last census in 2006, which recorded demographic variables such as gender distribution, sexual orientation and parental education levels remaining relatively static.