More and more children across the region are being diagnosed with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
At least 500,000 Ontario children – up to one in five - have difficulties that are diagnosed as a serious mental illness. In the last few years, CHEO’s Emergency department has continued to see a sharp increase in the number of children and teens admitted for mental health crises.
CHEO is one of the largest providers of child and youth mental health services in Ontario. More than 2,600 children visited CHEO’s Emergency department with a mental health crisis in the fiscal year 2011. There was a 73% increase in mental health visits to Emergency from 2007 to 2011 and sadly the numbers are still on the rise.
Are you looking for information on mental health? We want to help! CHEO has created this special mental health website to help you navigate the many services and resources available to children, youth and their families.