2702 12th ave, Regina, SK
Our program does work in Saskatchewan schools all over the province with the Gambling Awareness Program. We focus on information and harm reduction among students grade 6 to 12. We're currently looking to expand our topic out from Gambling addiction to cover more generic concepts of addiction and mental health. More information on issues students are facing would help shape these new program themes.
Our new modules will focus more on mental health and addiction while using gambling as a tool to illustrate the concepts of addiction. We want any new module to relate to current issues in mental health kids are facing. We know teachers are looking for more information on mental health but these requests are usually pretty vague and nonspecific. Having survey results from students would help formulate resources for depression, anxiety, bullying, suicide prevention, or mobile gaming, body image issues, the list could be very long or your survey may inform us that only a few topics consistently come up and need to be discussed.
We want to know what kids are dealing with in general terms. No specific data trends but since we're working with Saskatchewan students specifically, knowing what those same students have reported to this survey would be beneficial.
Our program has been running since 1994 and has evolved as technology and gambling became more prevalent among youth. We're still constantly playing catch up to new trends and issues. Mental health is one of the largest issues facing youth today and unfortunately, in Saskatchewan, there are no other organizations that we're aware of that deliver the same kind of presentation content our program does. We'll be reviewing the program's 3-year funding cycle at the then of the 2018-19 funding year and making changes to our presentation designs. This information would be very valuable in making an educated decision on what kids need to be made aware of.
Our presentations have already begun being updated, however, our new work plan is not expected to be done until the 2019 year starts. We'll likely see the implementation of the new program presentations come September 2019 when the new school year begins.
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SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Report - 2019 Survey Findings
The SAYCW Thriving Youth, Thriving Communities Report – 2019 Survey Findings was released in November 2020. This report shares important descriptive data – like the percentage of...
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.