Langhorne, A. (2020). The experiences of five southern Ontario high school principals in dealing with student mental health: A qualitative study. The Young Researcher, 4 (1), 302-317.
This paper studies the experiences of five Southern Ontario high school principals in dealing with their students ‘mental health. A qualitative research method was employed, with each principal sampled participating in a semi-structured interview. A thematic analysis of the principals’ responses was also conducted. The principals shared four main experiences: student anxiety and loneliness, the importance of student voice, the link between physical and mental health, and the importance of school intervention in student mental health. Several policies were recommended based on the principals’ experiences, such as starting school later in the day, implementing mand tory student mental health training for teachers, and creating more opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Keywords: mental health, principals, Ontario, high school.