Assessing the effect of COVID-19 on mental health disorders in B.C.’s K-12 student population

Project type: DI Program Government project

Status: In progress

Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education, in partnership with Simon Fraser University, is looking to improve our understanding of the relationship between students in the K-12 sector, their families, and mental health. This is to be done specifically within the context of COVID-19. In particular, we wish to address whether the pandemic has increased the prevalence or severity of serious and persistent mental health problems among vulnerable children and their families in British Columbia. We also wish to use this current pandemic experience as an opportunity to learn about how best the education system can support mental health during future pandemics. Through the Data Innovation Program, we will be able to look at data linkages between the B.C. student population, their families, and related mental health health services to see if we can identify the extent to which COVID-19 impacted student health.

Project main contact: Brett Wilmer, Director, Education Economics Branch, Ministry of Education

Linked data sets:

  • Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Health
  • Statistics Canada

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