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The Mental Health of Our Young People

The future of our country depends on the mental health and strength of our young people. Unfortunately many individuals have mental health problems that interfere with normal development and functioning. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, it has been estimated that around 10-20% of children and adolescents are affected by a mental illness or disorder. However, in any given year, it is estimated that fewer than 1 in 5 of these youth receives needed treatment. In order to prevent lasting psychological issues that could extend into the rest of a young person’s life, it’s crucial for this age group to receive the necessary help they need as soon as possible. The mental health problems affecting children and adolescents include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD, ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Bullying
  • Childhood Abuse/Neglect/Trauma
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, etc.)
  • Selective Mutism
  • Tic Disorder


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