WATCH — Agree/Disagree: The pandemic made kids’ mental health worse
Play along with this Grade 5/6 class
Do you know how many times Canadian kids have reached out to Kids Help Phone since the beginning of the pandemic?
About 10 million times.
And according to the free counselling service, more than a third of those calls and texts were from kids, aged 5-17, worried about their mental health.
This was no surprise to one group of students in Barrie, Ontario.
Amber Eskedjian’s Grade 5/6 class from Cundles Heights Public School wanted to explore mental health as a news story.
On May 10, CBC Kids News visited the school and worked with Eskedjian’s class to explore how kids’ mental health has been affected by the pandemic.
When asked about their own mental health concerns and if they knew where to get help, the students had plenty of answers.
Plus, for the questions they were unsure of, we had Dr. Amy Gajaria standing by.
She’s a child psychiatrist who works with children at CAMH, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Amy Gajaria came to visit Cundles Heights Public School in Barrie, Ontario to answer real mental health questions from kids. (Image credit: Amy Gajaria/Twitter)
Watch our Agree/Disagree game about mental health
The students lined up across their gym’s floor to explain whether they agreed or disagreed with the following mental health statements:
- Social media is good for mental health.
- I know where to go for mental health support.
- Kids can help other kids by talking about their mental health.
- The pandemic has made kids’ mental health worse.
- Kids' mental health in Canada is going to get better.
Watch to see how these students lined up to show whether they agreed or disagreed with our mental health statements. (Image credit: CBC Kids News)
You can watch our video below and play along to see whether you would agree or disagree with how these kids feel about topics dealing with mental health.
Tell us what you think!
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Philip Street/CBC