Northwestern Health Unit and FIREFLY report shows children and youth in region face mental health challenges

A recent report shows that children and youth in the area have a greater challenge with mental health issues than elsewhere in Ontario. The Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) and FIREFLY released the Child and Youth Mental Health Outcomes 2017 report on Tuesday, Feb. 21, which outlines health indicators related to mental health in the population aged 10 to 24 in the NWHU area with a focus on rates of intentional self-harm and suicide, hospitalization from mental and behavioural disorders and alcohol and substance misuse. Overall, the report, which is the first in a series, found there are higher rates of hospitalization among youth in the region as compared to the provincial average.


“The staggering figures are no surprise to us in the north, but it really underscores the importance of helping our young people,” said Karen Ingebritson, the chief executive officer of FIREFLY, the lead agency for children’s mental health services in the Kenora and Rainy River district. 

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