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Why a health and well-being survey?

The SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey is an opportunity for schools and communities to better understand the health and well-being of their youth. We know that education and health are interdependent – healthy students are better learners.

The SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey allows information to be gathered at a local level, with the findings shared with the participating schools and school divisions or school authorities for their use. The survey is tailored to help schools and communities answer questions that are important to them, and questions that they feel they do not have enough information on, so that they can work together to take action that is right for them.

The more schools that participate in the survey, the more we can learn about the health and well-being of youth in our province, which enables stakeholders to make appropriate decisions in their efforts to promote youth health and well-being.

Participate in the Survey

The SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Survey is open to all schools in the province and is an opportunity to learn more about the health and well-being of youth. It covers a variety of health topics and more information can be found here.

The first cycle of the survey was completed by 9,230 students from 116 schools across 18 school divisions and authorities in 2015. The second cycle of the survey was administered from March 4 to May 3, 2019 to 10,515 students from 162 schools across 19 school divisions and authorities. SAYCW Research Officers are in the process of preparing the data for analysis and reporting back to participating schools and school divisions or school authorities.

Learn from the Findings

A public provincial-level report of the 2015 SAYCW survey data was released in December 2016. The provincial report includes data from all participating schools and school divisions or school authorities where possible. Participating schools and school divisions or school authorities have received school-specific reports that they may share with others at their discretion. Many schools wish to work with others in their communities to promote youth health and well-being based on their survey findings. Learn more about 2015 SAYCW survey reports and results here.

SAYCW Research Officers are working to prepare school reports, school division / authority reports, a provincial report, and other knowledge translation products (posters, summaries) based on the 2019 SAYCW survey. These reports and knowledge translation products will be released to the appropriate audiences as they become available in 2019. Currently, the 2019 SAYCW survey Provincial Poster is now available here.

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.

Click here to read the report


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