PESS (projet expérimental de santé scolaire)

To study health concerns in primary and secondary schools the Canton Fribourg started this project known as PESS (project, experimental, health in school). Several schools and classes were asked to fill in questionnaires on well-being (depression, anxiety, suicidality) external problems and substance use. Three years of research gave an overview of problems in school and teachers. Results show that social and well-being parameters are disproportional distributed. Therefore the impetus for preventive activities is clear in that sense that only a minority need professional interventions. In addition two interventions were implemented in school and effects were evaluated. First early detection by teachers could work and second a relaxation training periodically offered, influence the school climate and facilitated learning (see for details, News)