Troublesome findings in a recent US Study.
Depression is up, especially with adolescents, and most of them aren’t seeking help.
A Global News investigative report called the Tortured Mind, also looked at this data and looked deeper into the prevalence of mental illness in Canadian youth and what happens when it isn’t addressed.
Here is what the study’s lead author, Dr. Mark Olfson, told Global News;
“Depression in adolescents is more common than many teachers and parents realize. Unlike some mental health problems that present primarily with disruptive behaviours that attract attention and are easy to recognize, depression poses a greater challenge. It is important for parents to learn about warning signs of depression in young people,” Olfson said.
The spike in the numbers is really kind of astounding, especially in teenage girls.
Turns out, cases of major depression climbed from 8.7 per cent in 2005 to 11.3 per cent in 2014 – a 37 per cent increase, but girls represented the biggest category spike at 31%.
Depression will begin to hinder the youth in schooling, and with social and health aspects also and it leaves teens at an increased risk of substance abuse, early pregnancy and suicide.
Sometimes we simply explain this away as a ‘phase our kids are going through.’
Do pay attention and talk to your kids. Keep them close, and discuss issues even though it is often easier to ignore them.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in 15 to 24 year olds in the country, second only to accidental deaths, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
It estimates that 4,000 Canadians die from suicide each year.
Up to 20 per cent — or one in five — of young Canadians are affected by a mental illness or disorder.