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LIKE CANCER, THIS AFFECTS NEARLY EVERY CANADIAN AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE.
#1 NON ACCIDENTAL KILLER OF 15-24 YEAR OLDS.
CONSUMED $7.9 BILLION OF HEALTH CARE DOLLARS IN 1999
HALF THE PEOPLE WITH THIS DISEASE NEVER GO SEE A DOCTOR.
3.2 MILLION 12-19 YEAR OLD CANADIANS AT RISK
= MENTAL HEALTH
We Have Lots of Data!
But its not the statistics that matter – its the toll that mental health takes on individual Canadians, their families, employers and taxpayers
So while some experts say (Royal Ottawa Hospital Chief of Staff) that Mental Health affects more Canadians than any other disease, the amount we invest in services and research is (it may sound harsh but its true) pathetic
The Youth Services Bureau serves youth aged 12 and older. We focus on youth with difficulties affecting their physical and/or emotional well-being and development. We support youth in making positive health and lifestyle decisions. Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa empowers youth to make choices today that can help them secure the future they want. They learn that their lives don’t have to be dictated by the past or the present — what- ever the challenges and however great the obstacles, there is hope and there is help.
The earlier a person receives treatment for mental illness, the better their chances for recovery – this is a fact that we at The Royal know well. As an organization specializing in mental health care and research, we know the importance of addressing mental health issues early in life and we are working to help people in our community do just that. The Royal has several programs related to youth mental health and suicide prevention, including D.I.F.D.
D.I.F.D. is a youth-driven initiative focused on raising awareness and inspiring conversations about youth mental health. Created by friends and family of Daron Richardson who lost her life to suicide at the young age of 14, D.I.F.D. is inspired by hope for a future where young people will reach out for help without fear or shame. D.I.F.D. supports programs and initiatives aimed at transforming youth mental health.
“When we talk about doing it for Daron, we really mean doing it for all of us and for each other,” said Reid Murphy, a close friend of Daron’s who helped launch DIFD. “Before, too many people our age didn’t talk about mental illness and suicide but it needs to be treated as a serious problem and we need to talk more about it.”