K to A: Activate School-Wide Inclusion

Activate School-Wide Inclusion was an initiative implemented by Unity Composite High School to promote a positive school climate and inclusion. They hosted speakers and had presentations about building and maintaining friendships. Additionally, they enhancing their after-school group for youth who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or challenges at home. The initiative also included creating a “calm room” where students could go to self regulate or calm themselves during times of stress or anxiety.

The program organizers saw an increase in students using counseling supports through the school; and there was a subsequent increase in the number of students referred to mental health services to help with treatment. Additionally, through the initiative, families become more aware of these supports available to their children. 

Regarding the “calm room,” according to an informal usage checklist, the room was in use utilized 70% of the school day; in addition to before and after school.

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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