The Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being (SAYCW) is a partnership between health, education and other community stakeholders dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Saskatchewan population.
SAYCW carries out a province-wide survey that captures valuable information about the current health and well-being of youth in grades 7 to 12. The first cycle of the SAYCW Youth Health Survey was conducted in 2015, with approximately 9,200 students who participated.
All participating schools received reports specific to the findings in their school, and all participating school divisions received reports specific to the findings in their participating schools. A public provincial-level report was released in December 2016. A new report will be coming in 2022.
The survey and reports cover 11 health topics, more information and a copy of the 2015 survey can be found here. Information provided in the reports can help stakeholders to identify and address priority health issues at a local level.
We are able to support schools and communities in making sense of their survey results.
Regardless of whether they have participated in the survey, all schools and communities are invited to visit our resources page. There they will find toolkits on survey-related topics, grant opportunities, and a community action planning guide.
Support youth and community well-being through the collaborative action of community partners working together. Through evidence, tools and resources, SAYCW supports stakeholders to turn the knowledge gained through the youth health survey into health promoting action.
Youth-focused Mental Health Action Report shines light on challenges and ignites movement for solutions
A new report released this week is bringing attention to mental health challenges faced by more than 10,000 youth across the province—and actions at the grassroots level to ignite change.
This report provides a brief review of the scientific literature on COVID-19 and its effects on youth health, with particular emphasis on mental health. SAYCW shares relevant data from the pre-pandemic, 2019 SAYCW survey – these findings show how stressors and unhealthy behaviours that have been worsened by the pandemic (e.g., worry, connection with others, screen time, etc.) had impacted Saskatchewan youths’ health and well-being prior to the pandemic. Suggested health promotion actions to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and improve youth health and well-being are also shared.