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Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) released findings today from a recently commissioned survey that shows one in four Ontario parents have missed work to care for their child experiencing issues related to anxiety. The survey also reveals that there is a significant number of parents in Ontario seeking mental health services for their children and of those who do, four in 10 didn’t get the help they needed or are still waiting.

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Here’s what some members of the community had to say about the recent research:

“There is a child and youth mental health crisis that Ontario families are facing and that continues to be ignored by the government of Ontario. Kids can’t keep waiting for help. In some areas of the province they are waiting 18 months or not getting any help at all and now we see that the lack of support is impacting the income of families and the education of children and youth. This is not acceptable. Ontario needs urgent funding for children’s mental health care so that they can receive the right kind of treatment for their needs within 30 days and immediate care if they are in crisis” – Kim Moran, CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario.

“Early and timely interventions can make a huge difference in the outcome of a child with mental illness. Navigating the child and youth mental health system is extremely frustrating, and more importantly I have seen too little improvement for families being able to get timely access to services that are critical to successful early interventions. Something has to be done now in to making the system easier and more accessible for Ontario families” – Michele Sparling, parent of a child with mental health issues, board chair of Parents for Children’s Mental Health and chief initiator of Shine Out, Shine Out.

Ontario hospitals are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of mental health care to child and youth patients. Yet, we know that hospitals are not always the most appropriate location for many of these young patients to receive the care they need. Further investments in mental health services across the continuum are needed to help ensure that clients have timely access to these vital interventions and treatments” – Anthony Dale, President and CEO of the Ontario Hospital Association.

“Sadly, these findings are not surprising. As we too have reported, our teachers see this every day in their classrooms. There is so much more to do on behalf of children and families struggling with anxiety and other mental health issues including providing more mental health care supports at community mental health agencies” – Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario.