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(Canada) Ontario: 1 in 4 high school students say they have poor mental health

Nov 14, 2017, Barrie Examiner, Ontario: Students facing physical and mental health issue http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/2017/11/14/students-facing-physical-and-mental-health-issue The transition for youth heading into high school has never been more difficult. According to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, one in four students in high school feel they have fair to poor mental health, almost double the rate while they are in grades 7 and 8. The statistics come from an Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey conducted in 2015…. “This is the first time we have been able to get a comprehensive picture of local youth health,” said Dr. Lisa Simon, associate medical officer of health with the health unit. “We know that the adolescent years are tough ones, but there are some situations here that are particularly striking, and pose a long-term risk to their health.” Student stress levels rise once they enter secondary school, she added. …