The rates of mental disorders in Canadian children and youth have not increased since 2006, but there’s been a 45% jump in the number of young people going to hospital emergency rooms for mental health reasons, according to a study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). There have also been substantial increases in the numbers being medicated.
The study found that 1 in 12 youths aged 15 to 24 from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia were given a mood/anxiety or antipsychotic medication in 2013–2014. “This rate has also increased substantially, primarily among youth living in urban or suburban areas who were dispensed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and quetiapine, the most commonly prescribed antipsychotic drug,” CIHI reported.
Many more young Canadians using health services for mental disorders (Canadian Institute for Health Information press release, May 7, 2015)