The release of a People for Education report on Monday, February 27th, 2023, has raised alarm bells regarding the state of mental health crisis among students. The report highlights the fact that students and school staff are currently facing mental health challenges; mental health and well-being should be priorities for Ontario. In response to this crucial and timely report, the 83,000 strong Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario has called on the Ontario government to respond to this crisis.
ETFO has called for the government to address the mental health crisis in schools. ETFO reaffirms that they, “Continue to call on the province to provide adequate mental health resources and funding, and on school boards to deliver the comprehensive support educators and students need.” The Ontario government did offer some level of mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic.