10% to 20% of Canadian children and youth may develop a mental disorder.
Mental disorders among all ages accounted for 13% of the global burden of disease.

Has hospital use for mental disorders changed?

Studies show that the prevalence of mental disorders among children and youth is unchanged over time. Between 2006–2007 and 2017–2018, the change in rate was a 75% increase in visits to the emergency department, a 65 % increase in hospitalizations and a 24% decrease in hospitalizations for other conditions.

How many youth received medication for mental disorders?

1 in 11 youth* were dispensed a mood/anxiety or antipsychotic medication.

* 9.3% (87,282) of youth living in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba were dispensed at least one medication intended to treat a mood or antipsychotic disorder. This equates to 1 in 11 adolescents in 2017-2018.

The most commonly prescribed antipsychotic medication was dispensed to youth almost exclusively at dosages below the recommended range for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.

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