Survey: Drug Use Among Ontario Students

In  2015, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), conducted a survey in 220 schools throughout Ontario, gathering data from 10,426 students in grades 7-12 to better understand the prevalence of drug use in our schools. The results are encouraging, showing a downward trend in alcohol, cigarettes and cannabis use over the past several years. Click here to visit the CAMH site and see the survey results.

Family Input Survey – A system that truly makes sense

In August 2013, Parents for Children’s Mental Health conducted a survey of 254 families across the province. The survey was conducted electronically and targeted families who are representative of their communities with varying degrees of understanding and scope of the child and youth mental health sector, and all representing different stages of the journey for families of children and youth with mental illness/disorders. This was done in order to get results representative of the scope of challenges families are facing and the scope of commentary from families in order to provide a true representation of family opinion.

The survey was conducted over a one month period of time. Answers were provided anonymously to allow families to answer as freely as possible.  The survey was completed by 254 families.

Click to read the results





Presented by: Parents for Children’s Mental Health – August 1, 2013

Youth Facts 2011 on Mental Health and Bullying

Ottawa Public Health conducted a survey of the youth in grades 7 to 12 to get a better understanding on the mental health issues amongst our adolescent population. This report provides a good understanding for parents.

Statistics as Provided June  2011 in a presentation by:

Dr. Greg Motayne
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Family Court Clinic
Integrated Forensic Program, ROMHC

  • In Ontario, 1 in 5 persons age 4 to 16 suffer from some type of psychiatric disorder
  • Only 1 of every 6 children and adolescents receive professional mental health care resources
    • Most major mental illnesses first manifest in adolescence
    • 3 of every 4 adolescents in conflict with the law have a diagnosable and treatable mental illness
    • Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youths aged 15 to 19  (24% of all deaths ) Stats Can 1999
    • Children’s mental health services are the most neglected piece of the Canadian health care system. (Senator Michael Kirby CMA Journal August 2005)
    • In Ontario, there is 1 Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for every 32,000 youth while the Estimated need is 1 for every 4,000 youth (source: The Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry )
    • 15 to 24 year olds have the highest level of unmet mental health needs of any age group (Statistics Canada  2003)