Mental illness is one of the most pressing issues facing young people today. Parents and caregivers play a vital role in supporting their teen’s overall mental well-being. What if a conversation could change everything? Take action and start talking now.
Every year, an estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness.
Risk Analytica/Mental Health Commission of Canada 2011 Impact Study
70% of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood and teen years.
Government of Canada. (2006). The human face of mental health and mental illness in Canada
Young people (aged 15-24) are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.
Pearson, Janz and Ali (2013). Health at a glance: Mental and substance use disorders in Canada. Statistics Canada Catalogue no.82-624-X
Only 25% of Canadian children and youth facing mental health problems receive appropriate treatment.
Waddell C, Offord DR, Shepherd CA, Hua JM, McEwan K. (2002). Child Psychiatric Epidemiology and Canadian Public Policy-Making: The State of the Science and the Art of the Possible. Can J Psychiatry, 47(9), 825-832
Suicide is the #1 cause of non-accidental death among youth.
Navaneelan, T. Statistics Canada – Catalogue no. 82-624-X. Suicide rates: An overview. July 2012
For 90% of teens who die by suicide, there is an underlying mental health problem.
Arsenault-Lapierre G, Kim C, Turecki G. BMC Psychiatry 2004, 4:37 doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-4-37
One in seven young Canadians have reported having suicidal thoughts at some point in their life.
Statistics Canada, 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health
In a poll with young people contacting Kids Help Phone, half said they would turn to a friend if facing mental health problems, with mom a distant second at 30%. 20% would not share their pain with anyone.
2012 RBC Children’s Mental Health Parents Poll, “Silent Families, Suffering Children and Youth”, http://www.rbc.com/community-sustainability/_assets-custom/pdf/2012-Childrens-Mental-Health-Parents-Poll-White-Paper.pdf
Although many parents acknowledge the importance of mental health, few are taking the most fundamental step: talking about mental health at home.
2012 Leger Marketing Survey
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