Children’s Mental Health Week 2019 — Day 3 — Toronto Isn’t Everything: Mental Health Across the Province

Children’s mental health’s about more than just the stats.

The People Behind the Numbers — Canada’s Children’s Mental Health Stories

While we do talk about mental health now more than ever, with many of us, the conversation goes as far as sharing a post once a year and calling it a day.

But it’s about so much more than that. There are people behind the stats — people suffering from mental illnesses who have friends and families who care about them. There’s a whole world of untold stories out there about children’s mental health, and we hope that through this work for Children’s Mental Health Week, we can start to change that.

And sharing these stories is essential—in some parts of our province, children and youth wait upward of eighteen months for treatment for the problems they face today. The community-located mental health centres can’t keep up with the ever-growing problem—with suicide as the second-most cause of death for children and youth in Canada; inaction can prove fatal.

Kim Moran, CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario, puts it well:

“There are long wait lists across the province for child and youth mental health which is placing a strain on mental health service providers, hospitals, and the families turning to them for care…immediate and increased investments towards the support of young people with mental illness are needed. We can’t continue with the status quo.”

In short, it’s important that we do what we can to bring about some much-needed change… and it usually starts with a conversation.