According to the 2015 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS), 19% (15.1%, 22.6%) of Simcoe Muskoka students (Grades 7-12) reported seeing a health professional in the past year about their mental or emotional health, which was similar to the provincial average of 21% (18.9%, 23.0%). Simcoe Muskoka female students (28% (21.0%, 36.0%)) reported seeing a health professional about their mental or emotional health significantly more than did male students (10% (6.7%, 14.6%)).
Also from the 2015 OSDUHS, about one-in-three Simcoe Muskoka students (31% (26.3%, 37.1%)) reported wanting to talk to someone about a mental health or emotional problem they had, but did not know where to turn in the past year. About twice as many female students (44% (36.6%, 50.1%)) reported unmet mental health service needs when compared with male students (20% (14.8%, 27.1%)). Those with lower perceived socioeconomic status (SES) also reported significantly higher unmet mental health service needs when compared with students with higher perceived SES.