This comprehensive report, commissioned by the MHCC and developed in partnership with a research team from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, details the current state of policies and practices in the area of youth transitioning from child and youth to adult mental health and addiction services.
What Is The Issue?
Establishing the foundation for healthy emotional and social development, as well as prevention and early intervention, are all vital to ensuring the mental wellbeing of every Canadian as they progress from childhood to adulthood. Right now, an estimated 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness, but less than 20 per cent will receive appropriate treatment.
What Are We Doing?
The MHCC’s Mental Health Strategy for Canada gives priority to increasing the capacity of families, schools, communities, and more to promote mental health and prevent mental health problems and mental illness among children and youth. The MHCC is working alongside its Advisory Council, Youth Council, Aboriginal youth, and other experts to support a variety of projects and activities in this area.
What We've Learned
There is urgent need for improved mental health promotion and illness prevention among Canada’s young people, including early intervention. By age 25, approximately 20 per cent of Canadians will have developed a mental illness. Child and youth mental health is a collective responsibility requiring the engagement of parents, educators, health professionals, and community organizations.