Through the CAMH Monitor, the longest ongoing study of adult mental health and substance use in Canada, we know poor mental health among adults is on the rise.
Young people are struggling, too. The CAMH Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey — the longest-running continuous survey of its kind in the world — found more than half of girls are facing an elevated level of psychological distress. A third of young people want to talk to someone about their mental health but don’t know where to turn.
“We must improve resilience and reduce the burden of mental illness on individuals and their families,” says Dr. Hayley Hamilton, co-principal investigator on both surveys.