May 3-9 is Children’s Mental Health Week
May 3, 2021– Children’s Mental Health Week is happening May 3-9. With Ontario in a State of Emergency and schools closed, children and youth mental health has never been more important.
The ongoing pandemic means that many children and youth have had little structure, have faced many school closures, virtual school challenges, and isolation from their peers – and it is hurting their mental health. For some children and youth, the stress and anxiety has progressed into more serious mental health challenges.
A recent SickKids survey found that approximately 70 per cent of children and youth reported a worsening of their mental health since the start of the pandemic. Across the province, child and youth mental health centres are reporting an increase in demand for services. More children and youth are in need of mental health supports, and the severity of mental illness is worsening.
CMHO is calling on the Ontario government to urgently invest in child and youth mental health to ensure that care continues to be available in our community when families need it.
Our child and youth mental health centres are open, continuing to provide essential mental health supports as they have throughout the pandemic. They are here to help parents, caregivers, children, and youth.
Join us in calling for the Ontario government to urgently invest in child and youth mental health. Sign the petition to let our provincial government know that everything is #NotOK.