October 2 to 8 is Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 2 to 8, 2011 is Mental Illness Awareness Week throughout Ontario.

The goal is to end the stigma associated with mental illness and to ensure better understanding and access to diagnosis and treatment.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board supports the success of each student through effective community relationships, and safe, respectful, inclusive learning and working environments.

Mental health statistics

  • One in five children and youth suffer from a diagnosable mental illness.
  • Depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior problems, eating disorders, ADHD, and development disorders are the most common mental health problems for children and youth.
  • Up to 50% of children experience mental health issues that have a significant impact on academic, social and family life.
  • In a minority of cases, the issues are so severe as to prevent students from attending school. Most of the time, students struggle with these issues on a daily basis at school, further contributing to their functional problems.
  • Stigma is a reality for those who suffer from a mental illness-how others judge and perceive them is one of their biggest barriers.
  • A recent survey suggests that youth experiencing mental health issues are least likely to confide in a medical professional, but are more likely to seek help from peers or teachers or other caring adults.
  • Up to 80% of children will not receive treatment for mental health difficulties.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]



Last updated: October 5, 2011 at 10:09 am
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