2012 - 2013 Youth Mental Health Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information on the mental health of grade 7 and 10 students in Halton Region.

Key Findings

At Risk for Depression

Grade and Sex

  • In 2012, Halton grade 10 students [9%(±1)] were more likely than grade 7 students [4%(±1)] to be at risk for depression. This difference was statistically significant.
  • In 2012, Halton females in both grade 7 and grade 10 were more likely to be at risk for depression than males. Differences were statistically significant when comparing grade 7 females [6%(±1)] to grade 7 males [3%(±1)] as well as when comparing grade 10 females [15%(±1)] to grade 10 males [5%(±1)].

Mothers Education

  • In 2012, Halton grade 7 and grade 10 students whose mothers were not post-secondary graduates were more likely than students whose mothers were post-secondary graduates to be a risk for depression. This difference was statistically significant when comparing grade 10 students only.

Serious Thoughts of Suicide

Grade and Sex

  • In 2012, Halton grade 10 students [11%(±1)] were more likely than grade 7 students [5%(±1)] to have had serious thoughts of suicide. This difference was statistically significant.
  • In 2012, Halton grade 10 females [14%(±1)] were more likely than grade 10 males [8%(±1)] to have had serious thoughts of suicide. This difference was statistically significant.
  • In 2012, there were no statistically significant differences by sex, in the percent of grade 7 students who have had serious thoughts of suicide.

Mothers Education

  • In 2012, Halton grade 7 and grade 10 students whose mothers were not post-secondary graduates were more likely than students whose mothers were post-secondary graduates to have had serious thoughts of suicide. This difference was statistically significant for both grades.

Mental Health Developmental Assets

Grade and Sex

  • In 2012, Halton grade 7 students were more likely than grade 10 students to score high in all 3 mental health assets (personal power, self esteem and positive future). Differences were statistically significant for all assets when comparing grade 7 to grade 10 students.
  • In 2012 there were no statistically significant differences by sex in the percent of grade 7 students scoring high in personal power.
  • In 2012 Halton grade 10 females [55%(±2)] were more likely than grade 10 males [47%(±2)] to score high in personal power. This difference was statistically significant.
  • In 2012 Halton males in both grade 7 and grade 10 were more likely than females in grade 7 and grade 10 to score high in self esteem. Differences were statistically significant when comparing grade 7 males to grade 7 females as well as when comparing grade 10 males to grade 10 females.
  • In 2012 there were no statistically significant differences by sex in the percent of grade 7 or grade 10 students scoring high in positive view of future.

Mothers Education

  • In 2012, Halton students whose mothers were post-secondary graduates were more likely than students whose mother’s were not post-secondary graduates to score high in all 3 mental health assets: personal power, self esteem and positive future. Differences were statistically significant in grade 7 and grade 10 for all assets.