School Mental Health Ontario (SMH-ON) and Wisdom2Action (W2A) need your help to support mental health in Ontario schools! Your perspective, as a young person and student, is crucial to making sure we’re doing this work right.
SMH-ON is a provincial support team focused on school mental health in the province of Ontario. Since 2011, SMH-ON has worked alongside the Ministry of Education, English and French school districts and school authorities, and a number of provincial education and mental health organizations to develop an effective and thorough approach to school mental health. W2A is a national social enterprise and consulting firm working with SMH-ON to better understand and support student mental health and well-being.
Together, we have launched #HearNowON for 2021, an initiative with Ontario secondary school students to help us better understand your needs, perspectives, and priorities when it comes to school mental health and well-being. By sharing your perspective, you will help us:
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:
What do you and your friends want to learn about mental health? How would you like to learn about it? What do you think young people need to know that they aren’t learning?
*We will give you volunteer hours for participation in these forums.
#HearNowON began in 2019 as a joint effort between SMH-ON and W2A. We undertook this initiative because we are committed to engaging student voices and student leaders in our work on school mental health. In 2019, we ran a province-wide survey and hosted four regional forums across Ontario, which resulted our first #HearNowON report, which you can access here.
In the two years since, we’ve been working hard to put what we heard into action. Here are some examples of our work:
We launched HearNowON for 2021 to help us understand what’s changed in the past two years, and better understand the most current priorities and recommendations of Ontario secondary students on school mental health.
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.