OASW in the Media: Spotlighting Student Mental Health

On September 7, OASW issued a press release highlighting the importance of student mental health as children return to the classroom, offering tips for parents and calling for more resources in our overburdened education system. OASW used this opportunity to highlight the critical role that school social workers play in providing early intervention and connecting students to the care they need to thrive. This proactive media push resulted in the following media coverage:

OASW's CEO Dr. Deepy Sur also took part in a live interview with Metro Morning’s Ismaila Alfa on CBC Radio about the mental health of students and parents during this year’s unprecedented return to school. The momentum from this interview led CBC to conduct an additional interview this week with school social worker and OASW member Marcia Beck (listen here) with the Toronto District School Board.

Continue the Conversation

This successful media outreach on student mental health comes ahead of a timely gathering of school social workers and education professionals through our 35th Annual School Social Work Symposium, happening Tuesday, November 15, 2022 online. Join us to take part in critical conversations on identity-affirming approaches to supporting student mental health in our education system.

About OASW
OASW is the voice of social work in Ontario. It is a voluntary, bilingual, non-profit association representing 8,250+ social workers. All members have a university degree in social work at the bachelor, master or doctoral level. OASW works to actively speak on behalf of social workers on issues of interest to the profession and advocates for the improvement of social policies and programs directly affecting social work practice and client groups served.