This new study is one of the most advanced health surveys ever conducted in Canada. This large-scale epidemiological report was conducted by the Ontario Child Health Study (OSCHS) which began collecting data in 2014. Overall, they analyzed 6,537 families and 10,802 children in Ontario between the ages of 4 and 17. They collected data on social determinants of mental illness, health economics, and public policy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Despite 1 in 5 children experiencing mental illness, 5 out of 6 of those impacted by mental illness will not have had contact with a mental health care provider. Children are more likely to have a disorder if in a violent neighbourhood, especially if they experience household poverty in a small to medium urban centre (1,000-100,000 pop.). In total, 8% of youth in Ontario have thought seriously about suicide, and 4% have attempted. Of course, this new report indicates a need for effective prevention and intervention programs in Canada for at-risk youth.