It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder.
- the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.
of mental illnesses begin by the age 14.
Only 1 out of 5 Canadian children
who need mental health services receives them.
Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected,
allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Canadian youth - Canada's youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrialized world, and accounts for 24% of deaths among those aged 15 - 24