Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Mental Health

Elevated Stress Among Youth

According to the 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), 35% (31.1%, 39.9%) of Simcoe Muskoka students (grades 7-12) reported that they felt ‘a lot of stress’ or ‘more stress than they could take’ in the past four-weeks, which was significantly higher than the provincial average of 29% (26.1%, 31.4%). Female students, high school students and those with lower perceived socioeconomic status (SES) reported elevated stress significantly more than did male students, grade seven and eight students, and those with higher perceived SES.