Mental Health

  • Mental illness affects 1.2 million children and youth in Canada48.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 children and youth in Ontario has a mental health challenge. About 70% of mental health challenges have their onset in childhood or youth49.
  • Hospitalizations for mental disorders experienced by children and youth in Canada has increased 60% over the past 10 years (2008/09 to 2018/19); with emergency department visits increasing by 61% for the same time period50.

Climate Inequities and Mental Health

  • The most marginalized people are especially vulnerable to climate-related mental health impacts51.
  • Children are at increased vulnerability to anxiety, depression, behavioral disruption, and post-traumatic stress disorder following natural disasters such as fires, floods, other climate-related events52.
  • As the frequency, intensity and duration of climate change events and effects increases, so to are climate-related mental health outcomes53.
  • Psychological impacts from disasters exceed physical injury by as much as 40 to one54.

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