The youth of today are the future, in an ever changing and challenging world, there is more pressure now perhaps more than any other time in history on youth in all aspects of life. This, along with a stronger understanding of mental illness and a recognition that it affects almost everyone in some ways. The narrative has shifted to one of providing support and resources for our youth to help them learn to manage the mental and emotional challenges they face in today’s world.
Suicide is a serious public health problem among all age groups. Among youth, it exacts an enormous toll due to the significant years of potential life lost. In 2018, suicide was the second-leading cause of death among 10- to 24-year-olds. This number is even higher among indigenous and marginalized youth.
Youth suicidal ideation, attempt and completion are on the rise. Far more adolescents have suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide and survive than those who die by suicide. A 2019 study found that almost 20% of high school students seriously considered attempting suicide and close to 10% actually attempted suicide!
It’s estimated 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness though, less than 20 per cent will receive appropriate treatment. By age 25, approximately 20 per cent of Canadians will have developed a mental illness.
- 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.
- Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.
At nbk, this cause is close to our hearts which is why, in accordance with our philosophy of having a positive influence in our communities, we donate $1 from every sale to support youth mental health services nationally in Canada and the US.