A snapshot of youth mental, social and emotional health in British Columbia: The BC Adolescent Health Survey

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The McCreary Centre Society, in collaboration with the provincial government and public health system, and school districts in British Columbia (BC), Canada, conducts the Adolescent Health Survey (AHS), a questionnaire that asks youth in grades 7-12 to report on various aspects of their health. The 2013 survey gathered information from almost 30,000 students across 56 school districts, allowing this report to present a comprehensive and representative picture of youth health in BC.

This report summarizes the findings of the survey, including questions on mental health, bullying, discrimination and harassment, youth engagement, family relationships, help seeking, peer-relationships, and community connectedness amongst others, providing valuable information about factors that influence health during adolescence or in later life.

Citation: Smith, A., Stewart, D., Poon, C., Peled, M., Saewyc, E., & the McCreary Centre Society (2014). From Hastings Street to Haida Gwaii: Provincial results of the 2013 BC Adolescent Health Survey. Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.

Regional reports and powerpoints are available from the McCreary Society website:

Students from a high school in Vancouver have made a film which features commentary on these 2013 AHS findings by leading people in British Columbia (such as Bob Lenarduzzi, owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps).