Health officials in Muskoka are putting extra focus on the mental well-being of our students.

Doctor Lisa Simon with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says the chance of mental health problems increases as students move into high school. Simon says students in the area reported being more stressed out and affected by depression. She says this leads to other related health problems.

One in four students in the area said their mental health wasn’t great and one in five said they were having issues with anxiety and depression. Simon says they’re working with organizations like the Trillium Lakelands District School Board to offer more support in school for kids with mental health problems.

You can read more about health issues faced by youth in Muskoka here.