PRSD seeks input on Student Mental Health and Wellness

PRSD seeks input on Student Mental Health and Wellness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28, 2021
The Peace River School Division (PRSD) board of trustees wishes to hear from students, parents and staff regarding their experiences and knowledge of services and supports for mental health, addiction, physical, and learning disabilities in PRSD schools and communities. The PRSD board of trustees will collect input by way of a “Student Mental Health and Wellness” survey to be administered to grade 7-12 students, staff and parents during the next two weeks.

“We have heard from our students, families and staff that they feel that there is a lack of access to many services and supports related to mental health, addictions, physical and learning disabilities and we want to learn more from those impacted” says Board Chair Darren Kuester.

The data collected from the surveys will be analyzed, shared with the public and used to leverage the board’s advocacy efforts to impact positive change to support students and families in having access to the supports and services they need.

“The board urges students, parents and staff to make sure they complete this very important survey” says Kuester. “The current supports and services, especially in the north and in remote communities, do not seem to be keeping up with the needs and it is putting extreme pressure on our families and staff to pick up the pieces.”

To date, the board has engaged in conversations with elected municipal officials, local Members of the Legislative Assembly and PRSD School Council members regarding the need for increased service, support, and government funding in these areas.

“Supports for mental health, addiction, and students with learning and physical disabilities is crucial as our students and staff need to have supports in place to be healthy and successful. We are taking our advocacy efforts regarding this very important matter seriously and need the input from our school communities to have a better understanding of what is needed and what we can ask of our elected officials.” says Kuester.

The link to the survey will be made available to PRSD students in grades 7 to 12, all parents, and staff until February 17, 2021.