School Mental Health Ontario (SMH-ON) and Wisdom2Action (W2A) are collaborating on an initiative to engage secondary school students across Ontario about school-based mental health with the following questions:
The information gathered will help to broaden SMH-ON’s provincial student mental health engagement and leadership strategy. In addition to informing future student mental health learning and related projects, it is hoped that this student engagement initiative will inspire Ontario students to learn more and to get involved!
Through five virtual forums and an online survey, we’re trying to hear from as many students across Ontario as possible. Please consider sharing information about this project with young people you are connected to.
The information on this webpage is intended to provide you, as a parent/guardian, with key information about this project. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alice Gauntley (Wisdom2Action) at email@example.com or Elo Igor (School Mental Health Ontario) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Both HearNowON for 2019 and HearNowON for 2021 have received ethics approval from the Dalhousie Research Ethics Board (REB). The HearNow2021 reference number is #2021-5569.
In the Fall of the 2021-2022 school year, SMH-ON and W2A will be hosting a series of four virtual forums in English for Ontario secondary school students, with each forum focused on a different topic, as well as a dedicated French forum for francophone students.
À l’automne 2021, SMS-ON et Savoir pour agir animeront un forum virtuel spécialement conçu pour les élèves ontariens francophones du secondaire. Le forum portera sur les quatre thèmes ci-dessus.
We have launched an online survey for secondary school students across Ontario. The survey will include questions about mental health knowledge needs and how we can better engage students in school-based mental health. Students will not be asked for their name or other identifying information, and survey responses will be stored electronically and securely within School Mental Health Ontario’s online survey software database. Parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to review the survey themselves, and share with young people in their network.