OKN’s Indigenous Reconciliation initiative considers Truth and Reconciliation as two distinct entities, as illustrated above. Learn more about this graphic in our Indigenous Reconciliation Strategy.

Children spend a great deal of their first 8 years learning in schools, thus, how schools connect to their community is important. Progress in this area will show good connections between schools, parents, community resources and the local neighbourhood.
Indicators:

  • Parental involvement in schools
  • Youth as resources
  • Volunteerism
  • Community use of schools
Children thrive in neighbourhoods that are safe and connected. Neighbourhoods that can meet all of our needs are valued.
Indicators:

  • Neighbourhood safety
  • Neighbourhood cohesion
  • Walkability
  • Caring for the community
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.
Indicators:

  • Child care capacity
  • Quality child care
  • Parenting capacity
  • Parental monitoring
  • Quality time at home with family
Safe environments benefit children by providing a sense of personal security that allows them to take maximum advantage of learning, playing and making new friendships.
Indicators:

  • Serious injury
  • At-risk behaviours
  • Safety from harm
All children need positive connections to their parents/caregivers, peers, school and community.
Indicators:

  • Supportive and caring environments
  • Boundaries and expectations
  • Commitment to learning
  • Positive values
  • Social competencies

Learning is one of the cornerstones for success in life and starts at birth. Community progress for this result will show that children are learning both in their preschool and school years.
Indicators:

  • Preschool learning opportunities
  • Student achievement (EQAO)
  • Healthy body weight
  • School engagement

Good health is a prerequisite for positive outcomes for children and youth. Both physical and emotional health are valued in this result. In addition, given the critical brain development that takes place in the first 12 months of life, infant health is closely monitored.
Indicators:

  • At-risk births
  • Healthy eating
  • Healthy body weight
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health

Data To Action

Halton Youth Impact Survey Results

What is the state of youth mental health in Halton and what can be done to improve the mental health of young people?

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Findings reflect the responses of 1915 youth in the 13 to 18 age range.

Turn the Data into Action

The findings from the HYIS provide our community with new, comprehensive data, informed by a youth engagement strategy, and validated by youth from across Halton. Now, it is time for organizations serving youth in Halton to move the data into action.

How can we improve the mental health of young people in Halton while ensuring that services are accessible and relevant?

Step 1

Consider the conditions we want to see for youth mental health in Halton.
The findings from the HYIS suggest three key conditions we should strive for:

  • Support all youth in their mental health
  • Reduce the stigma around mental health
  • Increase equitable access to mental health services for all youth

Step 2

Explore and share the findings.
Have conversations about what the results mean, and how we can work together in Halton to respond to these findings.

Step 3

This Data Action Bulletin posits a series of questions, or Data Actions, to guide discussion and, ultimately, action at your organization. Work through and discuss each question as a group.  It is our vision that the conversations catalyzed by these questions will be unique to your organization and create pathways for mobilizing the data within your organization and our communities.

The following questions are a starting point for reflecting on the data in this Bulletin. More data can be found at OKN Data Portal.

How we achieve these outcomes will be determined by the actions we take, individually in our respective work, and collaboratively as a community. The Data Actions below are designed to guide discussion at your organization.

Support all youth in their mental health

  • What is the story behind the numbers and how can we engage with the youth in our networks to turn the curve towards improved mental health?
  • How can your organization embody an equity lens to understand the unique experiences of youth from equity deserving communities?
  • Who are the partners with a role to play and how can we work together to achieve our shared goals?

Reduce the stigma around mental health

  • What are some ideas for creating safe spaces in your community for learning and talking about mental health?
  • If a young person is not comfortable speaking about mental health at home, what can schools do to address that gap, and vice versa?
  • How can you share information and raise awareness to reduce the stigma around mental health in a way that is respectful and relevant to different communities?

Increase equitable access to mental health services for all youth

  • What are the ways in which your organization can make sure all youth are aware of mental health services?
  • What are some ways in which youth services, such as mental health, can be made accessible to all youth in Halton?
  • What are the ways in which your organization can respond to the needs of youth from equity deserving communities, such as embodying humility within staff to ensure the provision of tailored services?

Limitations

  • These findings cover only responses of youth in the 13-18 age range
  • Open invitation sampling strategy (non-probabilistic)
    • Sample is not necessarily representative of all children and youth living in Halton.
    • It is not possible to determine a response rate.
    • However, considering the geographic coverage and the size of the final sample, it’s fair to assume that we have a reasonably good cross-section of children and youth living in Halton.
  • A higher degree of diversity within this sample calls for caution when interpreting overall ratios. For more details on the composition of the sample see the sociodemographic table
  • The data are meant to provide a snapshot of youth wellbeing during COVID, and caution should be used when comparing across time.
  • While each indicator is important, using multiple indicators as evidence of strengths and needs provides a more comprehensive representation
  • This is a self-report survey and several types of response bias have been identified related to self-report surveys. Use caution when interpreting the findings
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