Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Quality of Life

Self-Rated Youth Mental Health

Overall
Grade
Sex
Socioeconomic Status

Overall

According to the 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), only half (53% (49.1%, 57.7%)) of Simcoe Muskoka students (Grades 7-12) reported their mental health as excellent or very good, which was significantly lower than the provincial average of 60% (56.7%, 62.5%). Additionally, 23% (18.8%, 28.8%) of Simcoe Muskoka students reported that their mental health as fair or poor, which was significantly higher than the provincial average of 17% (16.5%, 18.9%).

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By Grade

Perceived youth mental health status is significantly worse for high school students when compared to Grades 7 and 8 students. In Simcoe Muskoka in 2015, 13% (8.9%, 18.6%) of students in Grades 7 and 8 reported their mental health as fair or poor, which was significantly lower than the 27% (21.0%, 34.5%) of high school students that rated their mental health as fair or poor.

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By Sex

Perceived youth mental health status is significantly worse for females when compared with males. In Simcoe Muskoka in 2015, 15% (9.1%, 22.6%) of male students (Grades 7-12) reported their mental health as fair or poor, which was significantly lower than the 33% (28.3%, 38.3%) of female students that rated their mental health as fair or poor.

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By Socioeconomic Status

Perceived youth mental health status is significantly worse for students with lower perceived socioeconomic status (SES) when compared with students with higher perceived SES. In Simcoe Muskoka in 2015, 69% (62.3%, 74.8%) of students (Grades 7-12) with the highest perceived SES reported their mental health as excellent or very good, which was significantly higher than the 50% (44.3%, 55.7%) of students in the middle SES with excellent or very good mental health. Only 31% (20.7%, 43.0%) of students in the lowest SES reported their mental health as excellent or very good. Additionally, 44% (34.1%, 54.4%) of students in the lowest SES reported their mental health as fair or poor, which was significantly higher when compared with students in both the middle and the highest SES.

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