Report Captures the Current Health of Young Saskatchewan Students

For the first time, the province has a clear picture of the personal health and well-being of more than 8,800 Saskatchewan students from grades 7 to 12 from 114 schools.

The Youth Health Survey was conducted last year by the Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Well-being (SAYCW). The survey asked a series of questions that included areas such as oral health, sun and ultraviolet radiation (UVR) safety, healthy weights, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, mental health and well-being, tobacco, drug and alcohol use, and sexual health. The results show that:

  • 57 per cent of students thought their health was either very good or excellent
  • Almost two in three students had been bullied in some way in the last year
  • 38 per cent of male students and 59 per cent of female students had felt sad or hopeless enough during the last year that they stopped their regular activities for a period of time
  • Nearly half of the students spent more than the recommended maximum of two hours on recreational screen time during weekdays
  • 22 per cent of students had ever tried drugs and 32 per cent had ever used alcohol at least once

“Having evidence-based information directly from our youth gives us a better insight into what is really going on in their lives,” said Dr. Jon Tonita, SAYCW Co-chair and Vice President of Population Health, Quality and Research at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.

The provincial report is made up of aggregate information from the schools that participated including rural, urban and on-reserve schools. Each of the schools received an individual report that included information about their students only.

“The information from the report will help schools, communities and others to have important discussions on youth health and well-being and to begin to put in place programs that can address the results,” said Rob Currie, past SAYCW Co-chair and Assistant Deputy Minister of Education.

SAYCW is an alliance of health, education and other community stakeholders dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the Saskatchewan population. Its mission is to improve youth and community well-being through the action of community partners working together, measured and supported by a collaborative provincial alliance.

For more information, contact
Gladys Wasylenchuk
Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
Phone: 639-625-2011

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.

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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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