“This report underlines the importance of addressing mental health issues in the early stages,” says Representative for Children and Youth Jennifer Charlesworth. “The data indicates that children do well when their communities have more socioeconomic resources – for example, when they have social supports and when parents and caregivers are well supported. Clearly, community and family health play significant roles in child and youth mental health, and that is what we need to be supporting.”
Based on previous studies, the report warns that the mental health of parents and caregivers is another factor that can increase children’s likelihood of developing symptoms. Economic losses due to the pandemic have also been widespread across Canada. Families who were in more precarious economic situations before COVID-19 are now facing many added difficulties, according to Faculty of Health Sciences professor Charlotte Waddell, who is also the director of the Children’s Health Policy Centre and report author.