- The onset of most mental illnesses, occurs during adolescence or young adulthood and can interfere with youth as they develop independent living skills and interpersonal relationships.
- Mental illness can also affect a youth’s family life, and educational, recreational and vocational activities.
- Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode.*
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 10 and 24.*
Adolescent Services at Ontario Shores:
Ontario Shores has recently expanded its Adolescent Program to provide youth, 12 to 17, with enhanced care and programming based on their specialized needs. Patients work in partnership with staff to learn how to manage their illness, improve their coping skills and develop the necessary tools to successfully return to the community at an optimal level of well-being.