Mental health issues (anxiety, depression, OCD) and just plain stress can be overwhelming for kids trying to cope with their first year away from home, especially when you factor in the pressure of classes and potentially doing extra-curricular activities.
Fact-1 in every 5 teenagers in Canada have at least one mental health disorder. An estimated 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness.
The sobering reality is the actual numbers are much higher. Only 20% of young people seek out help for mental health issues because they either don’t realize they have them or because they are afraid to ask for help out of fear of being ostracized by peers or even family. Add mental health issues to the stress of being in a post-secondary school and the outcome can be overpowering. Young students regress in their classes, isolate themselves away from friends and in many cases may start self-medicating. Here are some startling numbers: