Better collaboration between schools and mental health providers, an emotional skills programme tailored for Bermuda and the promotion of healthy behaviours are among priority areas being explored to address high levels of depression and anxiety symptoms among Bermuda’s young people.

Daniel Cavanagh, a PhD student at the University of Melbourne, and Shawnee Basden, a psychologist, conducted a survey in the last academic year involving 76 per cent of middle school and high school students.

The study of pupils aged 10 to 19 showed that 31 per cent of those surveyed had “moderate to severe” symptoms of depression or anxiety.