A significant portion of Ontario’s youth are missing school, and consequently their parents are missing work, because of a mental illness or mental health issue, according to a survey commissioned by Children’s Mental Health Ontario.
The survey, as reported in the Toronto Star, found that among 18- to 34-year-olds in Ontario:
- 46 percent had missed school due to issues related to anxiety.
- 40 percent had sought mental health help.
- Of those, 50 percent found the experience of getting help challenging.
The survey results, released on Nov. 14, echo what CMHO has been saying for some time, that Ontario families do not receive health care for children and youth where and when they need due to lack of services and wait times.
For more information, visit CMHO’s website.