TORONTO, May 8, 2013 /CNW/ - One in five, or nearly 500,000 children in
Ontario have a mental health problem. This week is Children's Mental
Health Week and Ontario's doctors want to raise awareness about mental
illness and the toll it takes on children, their families and the
health care system.
Unfortunately, there are still too many children in the province
suffering from a mental illness who face barriers accessing the
services they desperately need. Right now, only one in three people
who experience a mental health problem or illness—and as few as one in
four children or youth— have sought and received services and
treatment. We know that children who have mental health problems are
more likely to carry them into adolescence and adulthood if they don't
get the care they need.
That's why Ontario's doctors have been calling for a mental health
strategy for youth and young adults to ensure there is a smooth
transition to adult care. The current lack of integration between
mental health services for children/youth and adult health and
addiction services increases the likelihood of youth 'falling through
the cracks' of out mental health system. This is simply not acceptable.
Children's Mental Health Week is an important reminder that there is
more work to be done. It is imperative that the health care system
integrate mental health services to prevent treatment gaps, especially
when it comes to children. Ontario's doctors will continue to advocate
for patients and work collaboratively with other health care providers
to improve mental health services and treatment.
Dr. Scott Wooder
Ontario Medical Association
SOURCE: Ontario Medical Association
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