CMHO has released our Annual Report Card, disclosing new research findings from the Canadian Centre for Heath Economics at the University of Toronto calculating a productivity loss in Ontario (due to absenteeism) of $421 million in 2017 for parents with children who experience issues related to anxiety. This new research was conducted in response to CMHO's 2017 Ipsos Public Affairs survey that discovered 1 in 4 Ontario parents have reported missing work to care for a child with issues related to anxiety. This year's report card also includes results from a series of interviews done with Ontario parents and caregivers who have sought treatment for a child's mental health issues as well as survey findings from siblings of young people with mental illness.
In some parts of the province, children and youth with mental health issues wait more than a year to receive the treatment they need from community-located mental health centres. Our new research shows that families with children with mental illness are facing too high a personal and financial burden.This new data illustrates that now, more than ever, is the time to increase investments in the child and youth mental health system.
For more data on the costs waiting for mental health treatment can have on families and the economy
To read the full report from the Canadian Centre for Health Economics at the University of Toronto Click Here