Youth Mental Health Stats in Canada

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Eleven people die in Canada every day by suicide.
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Eight out of ten people who die by suicide gave some, or even many, indications of their intentions.
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In Canada, suicide accounts for 24 percent of all deaths among 15-24 year olds
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Youth are among the highest risk populations for suicide.
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Wait lists for youth in a mental health crisis are one year and more for supports and services.
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There is a wait list of 200 for one residential treatment centre.
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Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
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Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 10 and 24.
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It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.
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Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode
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The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is an incredible 3.2 million.
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Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world.
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In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.
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Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
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Only six percent of the healthcare budget is spent on mental health. The actual figure should be 30 percent to account for the number of people with these disabilities and illnesses.
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Mental illness is the number one disability affecting people in the world.
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The latest figures for youth suicide in Canada aged 10 to 24 years old from Statistics Canada was 552.
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398 of the 552 were males.
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Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.
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Suicidal youth are in pain. They don’t necessarily want to die; they want their pain to end. If their ability to cope is stretched to the limit, or if problems occur together with a mental illness, it can seem that death is the only way to make the pain stop.