The Facts on Adolescent Mental Health
- 40 per cent of adolescents suffer from psychiatric disorders or psychological distress. In Canada, 1 in 5 children in need of mental health treatments receive it.
- Less than 4% of medical research funding goes to mental illness research.
- Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
- If not recognized and treated in the early stages, mental illness can progress, becoming deeply entrenched and more difficult to treat by the time the person reaches adulthood.
- The signs of mental disorder in youth, which include apathy, behaviour problems, and the deterioration of school performance and social relationships, often go unrecognized.
- 1 in 7 people under the age of 19 are likely to have a mental health issue that affects their ability to participate in common adolescent activities.
- About 4,000 Canadians commit suicide each year and it is the most common cause of death for people aged 15–24. Mental illness is a factor in most suicides in Canada.
- 80 per cent of all psychiatric disorders emerge in adolescence. Psychiatric disorders are the single most common medical illness that onset in the adolescent age group.