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Facts About Youth Mental Health

The Facts

Our inaugural funding recipient is the Sunnybrook's Family Navigation Project (FNP), supporting families with youth in crisis. When we are informed about the facts about mental health in youth, young adults, and families, we understand that the need for help is great and immediate.

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13% of Canadian students have seriously contemplated suicide. Source ›


20% of Canadian youth will develop a mental illness by the time they’re 25. Source ›


1/3 of Ontario parents have had a child miss school due to anxiety. Source ›

3.2 million

The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million. Source ›

5% (M) -12% (F)

Approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode. Source ›


70 per cent of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence. Source › 

  • The impact of mental health problems and illnesses extends beyond the individual to family members – and there is no one size fits all way to provide recovery oriented services to youth and families.
    The Mental Health Commission

Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents. Source ›

·       Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for more than 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities. Source ›

It’s estimated that 10 to 20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. Source ›

Almost 40% of parents say they would be unlikely to tell anyone, including their family doctor, if their child was experiencing a mental health problem. Source › 

63% of youth point to stigma as the most likely reason to not seek help. Source › 

Child and youth emergency department and hospital visits for mental disorders have risen by 54% and 60% over the last decade. Source ›  

Over one-quarter (28%) of students report that, in the past year, there was a time they wanted to talk to someone about a mental health problem, but did not know where to turn. This estimate represents about 280,400 Ontario students. Source › 

62% of Ontario youth report ever having had concerns about their level of anxiety; only 3 in 10 (32%) have spoken to a mental health care professional about anxiety. Source ›


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