About the Project

COVID and all the changes it has caused have been hard for many children, youth, and families in Saskatchewan. With this study, we want to answer the questions: “How has COVID affected the mental health of children and youth in Saskatchewan during the first year of the pandemic? What are their needs for mental health services?We want to find out: 1) how common mental health problems like anxiety and depression are in children and youth in Saskatchewan; 2) how these conditions are affecting children and youth and how well they are able to cope; and 3) whether children, youth, and their families can get the help they need for their mental health and how satisfied they are with the services they’ve received since COVID began. 

The goal of this study is to provide useful data to enhance mental health services to children and youth, and support families in Saskatchewan. “The pandemic has caused enormous disruption in children’s lives,” explains Dr. Muhajarine. “We would like to know how our children and youth are faring in this pandemic, how they are coping, and whether they are getting the services and supports they need.”

See Us, Hear Us: Children, youth, and families in Saskatchewan coping with mental health during the first year of COVID-19 pandemic is funded by a Mental Heatlh Research Canada (MHRC)-Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) COVID-19 Child & Youth Mental Health Impact Grant.

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If you have questions about the survey or our research project, please email or contact:

Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine, Principal Investigator
Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU)
Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan
t: 306-966-7940  e:



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If you and/or your child have a medical or mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest open clinic or emergency room. If you are concerned that you and/or your child are a danger to yourself and/or themselves or to others, call 911 or go to the nearest open clinic or emergency room. 

If you are upset, struggling with mental health, and/or need help with how you are feeling:

    • talk to someone you trust and/or encourage your child to talk to you or another person they trust
    • connect with a health and/or mental health care provider (e.g., doctor, nurse practitioner, counsellor, social worker, psychiatrist, etc.).
    • use the mental health and COVID-19 resources available to you online or by phone, including:
      • Call 8-1-1: confidential, free, 24-hour health and mental health and addictions advice, education, and support telephone line available to the people of Saskatchewan, staffed by experienced and specially trained Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses, and Registered Social Workers. If you are having technical issues with accessing HealthLine 811 by dialling 811, you can call 1-877-800-0002 to be connected with HealthLine 811.Deaf and hard of hearing residents can access HealthLine 811 by using the SaskTel Relay Operator service at 18008550511.
      • Call the Kids Help Phone at any time at 1-800-668-6868 or visit to text, FB message, or chat 24/7:
suhumentalhealth.png Government of Saskatchewan Mental Health and COVID-19 Resources: Government of Canada COVID-19 Information and Resources:


See Us, Hear Us Research Team

Principal Investigators:

nazeem.pngDr. Nazeem Muhajarine
Department of Community Health and Epidemiology
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU)
t: 306.966.7940  e:


tamara.jpegDr. Tamara Hinz
Department of Psychiatry
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Health Authority
t: 306.844.1004 e:



  • Daniel Adeyinka, Postdoctoral Fellow, Researcher, SPHERU and Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan, e:
  • Mariam Alaverdashvili, Research Facilitator, Psychiatry, USask, e:
  • Lloyd Balbuena, Faculty, Psychiatry, USask, e:, t: 306.844.1306
  • Senthil Damodharan, Faculty, Psychiatry, USask and Saskatchewan Health Authority, e:
  • Kathryn Green, former Faculty, Community Health & Epidemiology, USask
  • Emma Hamid, Resident, Psychiatry, USask, e:
  • Christa, Community Council member/EGADZ Downtown Youth Centre representative
  • Natalie Kallio, Research Officer, SPHERU, USask, e:, t: 306.966.2237
  • Thuy Le, Research Officer, Psychiatry, USask, e:, t: 306.844.1293
  • Jessica McCutcheon, Survey Research Manager and Specialist, CHASR, USask, e:, t: 306.966.6525

 Student Researchers:

  • Isabelle Dena, PhD student, Community Health & Epidemiology/RSW, e:
  • Vaidehi Pisolkar, PhD student, Community Health & Epidemiology, e:
  • Fady Sulaiman, Medical student, College of Medicine, USask, e:
  • Vithusha Coomaran, Medical student, College of Medicine, USask, e:
  • Nirma Tahir, Medical student, College of Medicine, USask, e:



The Research Team is advised by the children, youth, and parents on our See Us-Hear Us Community Council. Immense thanks to you all for your expertise, dedication, and advice on all aspects of the project. Special thanks to Janice and Aubrie for your invaluable assistance on the See Us, Hear Us proposal.

Project Partners

 EGADZ Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre Inc.  Strategy for Patient Oriented Research Saskatchewan


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