Child and Youth Mental Health Matters
You'd think in a developed nation such as Canada, that mental illness awaremess and treatment would have the coverage deserved, but unfortunately that is not the case. The facts are...
"- 1 in 5 youth (aged 9 to 19) have a mental health problem or illness
- 3 out of 4 children and youth with a mental health problem or illness will not receive treatment and those that do can wait as long as a year to get an appointment
- Suicide is the #1 cause of non-accidental death for Canadian youth
- Three times as many youth (15-24) die by suicide than by all forms of cancer combined."
Partners for Mental Health
With staggering facts like these, it is time to take action and address the lack of support for Canadian children and youth. All minds matter and it is time to make a difference. For more information on mental health or how to get involved check out these links:
"I am calling on government to further invest in youth mental health. Specifically, I support making mental health-related services, treatment and support available to all children and youth as soon as they need it, not just to those whose families can afford to pay for them."
- Right By You (through Partners for Mental Health)
The Child and Youth Mental Health Matters petition to Canadian Government was written by Simryn Parmar and is in the category Health at GoPetition.