Children’s Mental Health Facts

Children’s mental health issues are on the rise...

Chronic childhood illnesses such as ADHD, autism, and mental health issues are on the rise

The number of adolescents who experienced major depressive episodes increased by nearly a third from 2005 to 2014

The suicide rate among people ages 10 to 24 years old climbed 56% between 2007 and 2017

And we aren’t getting treatment soon enough, so our children can live happy, healthy, and productive lives...

The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years

...And the signs of mental health concerns are there in young children...

An increasing number of studies indicate that the first signals of behaviour problems can appear as early as infancy and toddlerhood

17.4% (1 in 6) children 2-8 have a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder

One in 5 children entering kindergarten carries a mental health diagnosis

Half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and three-quarters by mid-20s

Dpression, Anxiety, Behavior Disorders, by Age

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Data and Statistics on Children’s Mental Health.

...Parents are worried, so why aren’t they getting the help they are asking for?

Typically, 30% of GP consultations concern child behaviour problems and established behaviour problems can have lasting effects on children’s life chances

And when we IGNORE the problem these are the outcomes...

Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life

High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as likely to drop out compared to their peers

The rate of individuals reporting symptoms consistent with major depression in the last 12 months increased 52 percent in adolescents from 2005 to 2017 (from 8.7 percent to 13.2 percent) and 63 percent in young adults age 18 to 25 from 2009 to 2017 (from 8.1 percent to 13.2 percent)

70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness

At least 8.4 million people in the U.S. provide care to an adult with a mental or emotional health issue

Mental illness and substance use disorders are involved in 1 out of every 8 emergency department visits by a U.S. adult (estimated 12 million visits)

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 in the U.S.

Depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity each year


Dr. Roseann


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