Wilfrid Laurier students talk mental health
A new survey shows that high school students are feeling stressed about their future.
The TDSB conducted a survey of just over 100,000 students, showing that 66 per cent of them are feeling stressed sometimes or all of the time.
Almost 75 per cent of high school students are worried about their future and more than half are losing sleep over it.
The board is planning to use the results to create a mental health strategy.
Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute already has seven program that tackle mental health issues. One program tries to remove the stigma around the problem, another deals with sexuality, another promotes diversity.
Students say the programs get them to work as a team. Grade 11 student, Kevin, says peer-to-peer conversation is empowering.
"I love to have conversations with friends," he says. "Personally, I'm more open when I'm talking to my friends than when I'm talking to a teacher."
He and many other student leaders say they hope the TDSB promotes more communication between students to help tackle mental health issues.