Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth, 2019
National • French, English • Youth, Mental health, Statistics
The current pandemic has reinforced the need for additional information on the health of Canadian children and youth, particularly for those younger than age 12. Efforts to address this important data gap were under way prior to the pandemic. Results from the new Canadian Health Survey on Children and Youth (CHSCY) indicate that 4% of children and youth aged 1 to 17, as reported by their parents, had fair or poor mental health in 2019, one year prior to the pandemic.<br/>Recently released crowdsourced data suggest that the perceived mental health of Canadian youth has declined during the pandemic, with over half (57%) of participants aged 15 to 17 reporting that their mental health was somewhat worse or much worse than it was prior to the implementation of physical distancing measures.