Starting with the Facts: Children and Youth Mental Health

This factsheet was created by the Ontario Public School Boards' Association.

This factsheet provides important facts to consider when assessing the impact of mental health on children and youth.

Here's a sneak peak of what you can find in this factsheet:

Addiction Statistics:

  • Drugs and/or alcohol can mask or even worsen symptoms of certain mental illnesses such as depression
  • Young people often self-medicate with drugs and alcohol to manage their mental health symptoms
  • It is estimated that about 50% of individuals going through substance abuse treatment have some type of psychiatric disorder.


Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. (n.d.). Starting with the facts: Children and youth mental health. Retrieved from

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