Poverty Linked to Poorer Mental Health Outcomes in Children
TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO)
supports Campaign 2000's strategy to see child poverty reduced by at least
25 percent by 2012 and by at least 50 percent by 2017.
Child poverty has repeatedly been associated with poor mental health
outcomes among groups of children.
One in five children in Ontario struggles with their mental health.
Although often invisible, mental health disorders are pervasive, affecting
nearly half a million children and youth in Ontario. Last year, 40% of
children served by children's mental health agencies in Ontario came from
families whose annual income is less than $30,000.
Reducing child poverty coupled with early intervention can provide a
hopeful and healthy future for kids struggling with their mental health.
Undiagnosed and untreated, children may suffer needlessly from conditions like
depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.
Children's Mental Health Ontario is a non-profit, charitable organization
that works to promote, support and strengthen a sustainable system of mental
health services for children, youth and their families. Our core membership
consists of 81 community-based children's mental health centres that serve
some 150,000 children and their families annually. For more information,
please visit: www.kidsmentalhealth.ca
For further information:
For further information: Camille Quenneville, Children's Mental Health
Ontario, Tel: (416) 921-2109, ext. 32