Did you know that that, over the past 10 years, there has been a 54% increase in emergency department visits and a 60 % increase in hospitalizations for children and youth seeking treatment for mental health issues in Ontario? This data, recently released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, signals that our current mental health system is not working optimally.
To draw attention to these issues, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) has released its second annual Report Card on the state of Child & Youth Mental Health in Ontario. The Report Card highlights the government’s progress toward key policy commitments and identifies critical areas where we must work together to make important improvements. For CMHO's Official News Release, click here.
- A strategic investment of $65 million in community-based children’s mental health centres will reduce wait times and ensure that kids receive timely access to treatment. This investment will save the province up to $145 million in hospital costs.
- This year alone, we could prevent up to 40,000 children and youth from seeking treatment in emergency departments.