K to A: P.A.C.I. Student Health & Engagement Program

Prince Albert Collegiate Institute implemented a school wide CPR/First Aid class for 150 students through St. John Ambulance. Target student ambassadors in each grade (20 total) took Mental Health First Aid, providing them with skills necessary to identify and connect fellow students to services when they may be experiencing a mental health crisis. After the training, there was an Increase in referrals for mental health supports. As explained by the grantees, “we have had students who have taken the Mental Health First Aid training connect other students with service. [C]ounsellors and administrators discuss this weekly and provide supports as required.” Youth in the school were also surveyed after the training and there was a decrease in stigma around mental health, and “staff [now] have more open conversations with students about mental health.” Additionally, the school saw an increase of family participation. “Families of student participants have attended parent-teacher interviews… and communicate more freely with staff.”

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.

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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.

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