TDSB students’ well-being declines, action plan unveiled

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It appears as if students everywhere are going through some form of mental breakdowns. Students in Toronto are no exception and now The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has taken note and has unveiled an action plan to deal with the decline in mental and emotional well-being and a host of other problems identified by its students.

More than 220,000 students and parents took part in the 2017 census, which focused on how students feel in their schools, their relationships with peers and teachers, their physical health and their emotional well-being.

Although most students reported feeling accepted and safe in school, the number was smaller than in the last survey in 2011-2012.

There was a decline in students who reported being physically active and healthy, while they got less sleep on school nights and spent more time using their devices. More students than before felt nervous or stressed and worried about their school marks.

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The TDSB for its part has developed a multi-year plan to deal with the problems identified in the report, including helping schools develop action plans, as well as doing more equity and anti-racism work.

More importantly it is working to ensure students have access to specialized resources in schools including mental health leads, social workers and psychologists.

Mental health issues among the youth is a problem that is causing all kinds of other social problems. Getting to the root of the problem is really the first step in finding a solution. -CINEWS

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