Infographic: Many more young Canadians using health services for mental disorders

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Child and Youth Mental Health in Canada

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

Has hospital use for mental disorders changed?

Studies show that the prevalence of mental disorders is unchanged over time

  • 50% Increase in ED Visits
  • 42% Increase in Hospitalizations
  • -16% Hospitalizations for Other Conditions have decreased

Percentage change relative to 2006–2007 baseline

Percentage Change in the Number of Hospitalized Patients Age 5 to 24 per 100,000 Population, Canada

 Increase in ED visitsIncrease in hospitalizationsHospitalizations for Other Conditions
2007-08
1.4
1.3
-0.9
2008-09
5.4
0.5
-3.0
2009-10
7.3
1.3
-3.6
2010-11
14.7
7.0
-7.8
2011-12
30.4
16.2
-8.6
2012-13
37.6
27.9
-11.4
2013-14
44.9
36.9
-14.2
2014-15
49.6
41.6
-16.0

Sources:

Discharge Abstract Database and Hospital Morbidity Database, CIHI, 2006-2007 to 2014-2015; Ontario Mental Health Reporting System, CIHI, 2014-2015; Hospital Mental Health Database, CIHI, 2006-2007 to 2013-2014.

Population estimates: Statistics Canada, Demography Division

How many youth received medication for mental disorders?

1 in 12 youth* were dispensed a mood/anxiety or antipsychotic medication.

* 7.0% (65,008) of youth living in B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba were dispensed at least 1 medication to treat a mood or anxiety disorder, and 1.6% (15,184) were dispensed at least 1 antipsychotic medication. This equates to about 1 in 12 adolescents in 2014–2015.

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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