Key facts & Figures

Social Economic Development Solutions regularly publishes a collection of statistics about child and youth mental health in Canada. These statistics and relevant research data support the case for significant government investments into our sector. 

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Die in Canada every day by suicide.

Out of 10

Eight out of ten people who die by suicide gave some, or even many, indications of their intentions

1 %
of all deaths

In Canada, suicide accounts for 24 percent of all deaths among 15-24 year olds

# 1

Youth are among the highest risk populations for suicide.

# 1
among deaths

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 10 and 24

1 %
OF our youth

It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.

1 M

The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is an incredible 3.2 million.

1 /5
Treatment Access

In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

For information and support

Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 to connect with a counsellor who can help you

  • Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line at 1-800-268-9688 for confidential, free, non-judgmental peer support Sunday-Friday 4:00-9:30 PM
  • Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322 if you are having a bad drug-use experience or just need some information on safe sex or drugs

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