Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15 - 24 year olds, and 16% among 25 - 44 year olds. The mortality rate due to suicide among men is 4 times that of the rate for women. It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide. The total number of 12 - 19 year olds in Canada at risk of developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.
The cause of mental health issues among youth is multifaceted. Hyper-masculinity, hyper-femininity, peer pressure, poverty, unemployment, institutional racism, negative familial environments, unresolved childhood trauma, cultural/societal expectations/norms, extremism/radicalism, historical oppression and segregation, could all be – and have all been – contributing factors to depression, anxiety, and the development of unhealthy inter/intrapersonal relationship patterns among youth in the age-range we cater to. In our program, we have already been successful in providing youth with the requisite tools, skills, and insights, that help them negotiate and remedy their own proclivities to anxiety and depression.