Canadian Study: One in Five Kids May Have a Mental Disorder

One in five children and teens in Ontario has a mental disorder, but less than one-third have had contact with a mental health care provider, according to the findings of the latest Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS).

The large-scale survey, called the 2014 OCHS for when data collection started, included 10,802 children and youth ages 4 to 17 in 6,537 families. It replicated and expanded on the landmark 1983 Ontario Child Health Study of 3,290 children in 1,869 families.

“This is a very robust study we feel represents the situation in Canada,” said Dr. Michael Boyle, co-principal investigator of the study. “That means there are more than a million Canadian children and youth with a mental health problem. This needs to be addressed.”