1 in 5 children suffers from a mental health problem
Yet of the children who need help, 4 out of 5 will not receive it.
Mental illness is prevalent among infants, children, and youth, with children today facing more complicated problems at increasingly younger ages. Many problems that exist today were unheard of 20 years ago.
Mental health problems can affect children from any walk of life. They can impact entire communities, with disruptive and sometimes dangerous results.
Children and families need help now
A family’s need for service is usually immediate. Unfortunately the help is not. Some families must wait as long as a year for treatment to begin, experiencing overwhelming stress and desperation as they confront the daily needs of a child in distress.
Most mental illness first appears in childhood or adolescence, and children who get help early benefit the most from treatment. Left untreated, mental health problems tend to grow worse as children age, sometimes leading to family crises, school disruption, violent behaviour, or even suicide.
Treatment can cost up to $100,000 per child annually. But for every dollar spent on mental health in early childhood, an estimated seven dollars are saved in future social and health care related costs. Investing in the mental health of children is one of the best ways for a community to help ensure a bright and prosperous future.
How the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre makes a difference
Every year, we help more than 8,000 infants, children, youth, and families throughout Toronto. Tailored to each child's needs, treatment at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre may involve psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, child and youth workers, or early childhood educators. We also work directly in the community, offering prevention and early intervention programs in the local neighbourhoods of the children and families we serve.
In addition to helping children and their families, we provide training and education to prepare the next generation of mental health professionals. Hincks-Dellcrest Centre researchers also examine the causes of children's social and emotional problems, continuously improving services by testing and evaluating new treatment methods.
How you can help
Join us in our vision to provide hope, optimism, and possibilities to the children and families we serve. To make a donation or find out how you can get involved, please contact Annabel Bassin at firstname.lastname@example.org, (416) 924-1164, or 1-855-944-HOPE (4673), ext. 3343.
Your support can change a child’s life forever. Helping our most vulnerable children today means a better world for all of us tomorrow.