Provincial Facts

  • 70% of mental health problems first appear during childhood or adolescence, when treatment is most likley to be successful
  • 1 in 5 young people are diagnosed with mental health challenges
  • more than 25,000 children and youth in Ontario are in need of mental health services and supports
  • Research shows that treatment works
  • Ontario’s 85 Children’s Mental Health Centres treat 120,000 children
  • Every year approximately 10,000 kids are waiting for services
  • The average wait for treatment is 7.5 months
  • Suicide is the the leading cause of non-accidental death among children and youth in Ontario
  • More children die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, respiratory illness and diabetes combined
  • It costs $128,000 to keep someone in youth detention for one year
  • It costs $2,250 on average to treat one child for one year
  • Untreated mental health problems in children increases the already high costs of child welfare, youth justice and special education, and the many costs associated with chronic illness
  • The earlier a child receives treatment, the better success of the child living a productive life as an adult
  • The right opportunity at the right time can change a young person’s life
  • Investing in children is the mark of a compassionate society
  • Today’s children are Canada’s intellectual, economic and social future