A barrier to learning: Mental health disorders among Canadian youth (2009)

Lessons in Learning – April 15, 2009

Poor mental health in Canadian schoolchildren poses a significant risk to their academic development and puts them at greater risk of suicide, substance abuse, and dropping out.

The authors of this paper note that schools can lead the way in implementing public health strategies designed to prevent and detect mental health disorders among young people. Two types of school-based mental health strategies show promise: mental health awareness and education programs, and mental health screening programs.

They point to programs like one tested in junior and senior high schools in Alberta, where students participated in workshops designed to increase their knowledge and understanding of mental health issues.

In the United States, a mental health screening program called TeenScreen has been implemented in 42 states. Participation is voluntary and students complete a questionnaire that screens for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Participants whose results indicate they are at risk are given on-site counselling and their parents are offered assistance in accessing mental health services.

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Canadian Council on Learning (CCL). A barrier to learning: Mental health disorders among Canadian youth 2009. Web. 28 Oct. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/barrier_to_learning/barrier_to_learning.pdf>
Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) (2009). A barrier to learning: Mental health disorders among Canadian youth. Retrieved October 28, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/ccl/lessons_learning/barrier_to_learning/barrier_to_learning.pdf
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